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Dive Review of Blue Angel Dive Shop in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Stephen Kouri, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5867
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Kona/Maui-HI,Figi,Little Cayman,Belize and Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surface after 700 PSI and 3 Minute Safety Stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
1 or 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Diving is from a small boat without separate rinse tanks or tables for
cameras on board.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
I have been to Blue Angel as both a novice and advanced diver. Blue Angel
is set up for experienced divers who want a great value. 

This is a no frills operation with small fast boats that generally have 4-6
divers. Capable dive masters (DMs) are very good, but expect divers to know
what they are doing. If you get lost and surface away from the group they
are good at finding you, but you're expected to be smart enough to have a
safety sausage. DMs will do some show and tell, if you happen to be around
when they spot something good, but are also happy to let you dive your own
profile. No restrictions as long as you don't deco your computer.

One warning: watch your surface intervals with Blue Angel since they will
sometimes want to shrink it to 30 instead of 45-60 minutes. In combination
with the deeper dives this can be a computer killer.

Your input is significant to where the boat will be going each day. Since
they get a lot of repeat customers there is often a great deal of knowledge
regarding multiple dive sites. Of note, there has been almost no turnover
in the staff at the dive shop in the past few years, which I feel is a sign
of a well-run operation.

I have seen people with cameras, but I would go with a bigger boat if you
think rinse tanks and camera tables are important. They do have two larger
boats, but they are often used on cruise ship excursions, which are not
very interesting for most divers. Also, this is not valet diving. The
captains/DMs will help swap out gear between dives, but you are responsible
for your own equipment and set up. Two large rinse tanks on shore are
divided into camera/regs and all other gear. 

Cozumel was cloudy,windy and cold in mid-december. Very different from my
previous visits. We froze during our surface intervals. Bring some
windproof jackets and pants for the boat as insurance against this problem.
If you get blown out by the Nortes in Coz, as we did for 2 days out of 7,
consider diving the cenotes on the Playa side. Tony (dive shop manager)
will set it up with an excellent operation called Mexican Blue Dream -- see
separate review on this site.

On land, the restaurant is decent, with large portions and a mix of mexican
and american/italian offerings. Most divers get packages that include
breakfast and lunch every day they dive, as this is an excellent value. I
recommend the $6-7 cab ride to town for dinner, say Guido's for upscale or
Casa Mission for midrange. Service at the desk and in the restaurant is
generally very good. Rooms are clean, have AC, and have adequate room to
hang gear on the deck or patio. 

Overall Blue Angel is a great operation if your expectations are in line
with what they deliver. If you want to be pampered, pay more money
elsewhere. If you want great diving with knowledgeable DMs who don't want
to dive where there are crowds of divers then Blue Angel is perfect.
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