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

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by S. Altchuler, MN, USA
Report Number 1500
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Atlantic, Caribbean, Sundry Other Spots around the world
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Varied with the dive and the other divers on the boat.  When we were all
experienced and there was not much current, we could dive our own profile. 
If it was a significant drift dive or there were many inexperienced divers,
we would set maximum dive time.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Blue Angel Dive Shop:  A well-run operation, that runs small, fast boats. 
Most typically, there are only about six people on the boat.  When I've
dived with them in the past with enough people, we've been able to have an
entire boat and the same divemaster all week, and choose where we go.  Most
recently, there were only a few of us, so we went out with other divers. 
The choice of site is based on the experience of the divers in the boat,
our interests, and where we have dove so far.  The dive shop works to set
up the boats with divers of like interest.  Be sure to check in with the
dive shop as soon as you arrive, so they know you're there.  They do get
walk-ins, and once the boats are full, they typically will not take out
more people.

The usual two-tank trip is one deep reef, an hour break with water
supplied, and then a shallow reef dive.

They will supply nitrox if desired, at an extra charge

The divemasters are very knowledgable, and if you desire, can point out
some of the unique features on all the sites.

We varied as to whether we were given profiles or allowed to dive our own
profiles.  Much of this depended on whether there was significant current
and we were doing drift dives as well as the experience of the group on the

The dive shop offers instruction and will also arrange cenote diving on the
Yucatan, if you like.  The divemaster for our cenote tour was very skilled
and knowledgable.  He was able to show us nooks and crannies of the cenote
not normally seen.  The only thing to be aware is that the truck they use
to travel from Playa del Carmen to the cenotes is aged.  The ride in the
back seat when you have the maximum four divers (so three in the back seat)
is not the most comfortable.

The best way to book with Blue Angel is through their US contact: 
1-866-779-9986, <>.

Caribe Blue Hotel:  The hotel and the dive shop, as well as the restaurant,
are all on the same site.  If you stay at the hotel, you get use of the
gear lockers and rinse tanks at Blue Angel, whether you dive with them or
not.  If you dive with Blue Angel, you also get unlimited shore diving with
them.  They are located right off a very pleasant shallow reef.

The best way to describe the hotel is an idyllic diver hotel.  All the
rooms have drying racks outside of them for your gear.  The hotel is right
on the ocean, and all the rooms have an ocean view.  The hotel also has a
fresh water pool.  There are plenty of hammocks for lounging, and the
ground floor rooms have their own hammocks outside each room.  There are a
few rooms that have king-size beds.  The hotel is 2.2 km south of San
Miguel (the main town center on Conzumel), so it's an easy walk to town,
but also not right in the midst of all the cruise ship traffic.  There are
electronic safes in all of the rooms for keeping your valuables.

Right over the dive shop is a small restaurant, that serves decent
breakfasts and lunches at a reasonable price.

As is true in all of Cozumel, there are three currencies that are accepted:
 US dollars, pesos, or US Dollar-denominated traveller's cheques.

The only way to make a hotel reservation is to call the US number (see
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