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

Blue Angel Dive Shop/Caribe Blu Hotel, Dec, 2004,

by S. Altchuler, MN, USA . Report 1500.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 boat.

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, <bluangel@fidmail.com>.

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 above).
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