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Dive Review of Bliue XT Sea Diving/Fiesta Americana Dive Resort in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Driskill, CA, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 2453
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
SoCal & Channel Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational Depth limits and your computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Dive Operator: BlueXTSea Diving
Boats: Fast boats. One 6 pax & one 8 pax. The most divers we ever had
was 6; the majority of the time it was only 4. Absolutely awesome
considering we dive in California and are used to 24+ divers on a boat.
Incidentally, the other divers we met while diving with Blue XT were all
very nice, funny, and accomplished divers.  Both boats are covered, have
lights for night diving and the larger one(Bandito II) has a private
bathroom/changing area (if needed).
Crew: Outstanding! We had the pleasure of both Adan and Mago as our
Captains. Their accuracy at hitting the reefs was perfect. But most of all
their assistance and patience helping us with our gear was wonderful. Our
dive masters (DM) were above excellent-Pedro Pablo, Alan, and Arturo. These
guys are amazing at spotting animals 100 feet away. Words cannot explain
the comfort we felt knowing that we were diving with some of the islands
safest and best DMs. And let me not forget to mention how handsome the
entire crew is!

Surface Interval (SI): Well timed, always on a beach with snacks, H2O, and
juice. My favorite was the abandoned house-lots of interesting spiders and
a caved in bottom floor. What one would call a real fixer upper! Maybe we
can get it for a good price and open a SI Club {what do you think

Diving: Truly one of our best dive trips ever! We have dove Cozumel
previously but only as day trips from the Playa Del Carmen/Riveria Maya
side. I thought the wall dives were breath taking, the swim thoroughs were
fun, and the drifts thrilling. Outside of the night dives, Maricaibo
Fingers and Santa Rosa Walls were our favorites and least affected by the
hurricane.  Most of the shallow dives had quite a bit of sand and damage,
but we always saw a lot of creatures.  Best of all each dive buddy team is
allowed to dive their computer. Most if not all dives lasted 60-70 minutes.
Dry towels were provided after each dive and the sunshine was free!

Hotel: Fiesta Americana 30 April 10 May 2005, All Inclusive Package
Check in: About a 15 minute ride from the airport. Our room wasnt ready so
the bellman stored our bags and we went to the beach restaurant for lunch
and drinks. 
Room: 7th floor. 1st impression was of a large clean room with a king-sized
bed, table with chairs, lots of storage and a wonderful balcony with an
awesome view. OK, so the toilet was only 4 inches from the wall but the
view made up for the lack of knee space. Small per diem mini bar (kind of
pricey), do yourself a favor go into town and buy your snacks and morning
coffee needs it will be cheaper. Interestingly there was no refrigerator in
our room but you could tell there was a space where one may have been
(probably for an additional fee). We survived because there was an ice
machine down the hall from our room. Lots of clean towels supplied twice a
day and upon request. The air-conditioning was adequate but we keep our
doors open most the time for the awesome breeze that whipped though. No
bugs so it wasnt a problem. There is an in room safe but you have to pay a
daily fee for usage (this kind of bugged me considering most guests have to
store passports, cash, jewelry, etc.). And yes thankfully there is a
coffeepot in each room.
Beach: Beautiful, soft sand above a mostly limestone shore, plentiful
palapas with lots of glorious shade. Just note that the beach bar has
great bar and food service and they will deliver to your palapa. Bring your
sand shoes for beach entry and exit. There is a wonderful on site pier
where dive/snorkel boats pick up and drop off customers. For
divers/snorkelers/swimmers there is a rinse tank and warm fresh water
shower right off the pier. Just note that the beach current runs from
strong to non existent. I recommend a short walk north to Dzul Ha and a
slow drift dive/snorkel/swim back to the pier. PS I heard the beach night
diving/snorkeling was awesome!
Restaurants & Food: 1st the Reef- This is where breakfast and lunch
buffets are served.  We felt the food was consistently very good but lacked
the variety of the Iberostar or Palace resorts. Keep in mind that taste,
quality and selection is an individual preference. 2nd The Tropical Forest.
This is the primary dinner buffet. Once again the food was consistently
good and the menu varied around a nightly theme. 3rd The Hacienda Miramar.
This is the fancy restaurant. Here the menu is fixed but once again the
food, service and ambience was wonderful.
Bar: Very strange but they have no draft beer, only cans and bottle.
However, we have simple tastes and a cold beer with lime and salt was all
we needed.  OK maybe some Amaretto and Kahlua as needed after dinner too!
All bar staff and waiters were friendly and attentive. There is a swim up
bar at the main pool. 
Pools: We are not pool people but both pools appeared clean and the main
pool had planned activities. We did play volleyball and bingo one day, very
fun! The only downside to the pools is the lack of shade. I asked for an
umbrella and was told they did not have any. Go figure burning and crisping
in the hot Caribbean sun-Ouch!
Overall Service: Outstanding! If you have any additional questions please
do not hesitate to email us. If you require 5 star accomodations, you
probably wont be happy here, but, this is a great resort with great staff
and a incredible bargain for a pair of diving fools!  For reference this
was our 1st trip to Coz but our 7th trip to Mexico. We usually stay at the
Palace or Iberostar Resorts. We dove with BlueXTSea Diving (truly
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