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

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Belmont, AK, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4011
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau and Chuuk in 2007 and Roatan in 2006.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group entry and exit was required when diving Barracuda, San Juan and other
sites north of the Island. This was required due to the strong current.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
I chose Blue Angel over Aldora and Living Underwater because of the price
per dive and after my first dive with them, I knew that I had chosen
wisely. Jeanie Buscher of Blue Angel gave me a price of $55 per two tank
boat dive (I scheduled 26 dives with her) and this included taxes and park
entry fees. Higher fees will be charged if using a credit card. This price
was $30 below the price quoted me at Living Underwater. This savings
allowed me to add Ean 32 and 36 at $10 (each tank) per dive, tip both the
boat captain and Dive Master and still beat the price of the others. I
consider myself to be a diver and not a tourist. I do not require anyone to
set up my gear (though the DM's at Blue Angel do this) and I don't need
special fleece robes and home baked cookies between dives. My air
consumption is good and I look for bottom time at a decent price.  To be
fair, the other mentioned shops offer 100 and 120 cu ft tanks along with
the robes and cookies, so if you want to be catered to, have larger and
heaver tanks,  dive with them and pay the price. Blue Angel offers free
tanks for shore diving and tanks of air are included in the boat dive
   I requested to be placed on boats with expert divers and not cattle
boats. Jeanie acommodated my request and I was placed on one of the 8:30
boats with divers who requested diving the more advanced sites. I was
supprised at the number of divers my own age (56) who were very safe,
expert and just good divers. Many of them were return divers to Blue Angel
and I made many new friends on this trip.
   Most of my dives were led by Jorge who did a terrific job at
introducing us to his home under water. The Devil's Throat offered one of
the most amazing swim throughs that I have ever done and Columbia Pinacles
offered similar caverns and  crevices at a lesser depth. The dives to the
north at Barracuda and San Juan were very fast current drift dives and we
were required to decend and ascend as a group so the boat pick up could be
completed before we drifted to Cuba. The diving to the south was similar
with currents that were less but still dramatic enough to offer exciting
drifts. On these dives one could dive their computer and wander off if
desired. Most of us stayed within sight of the DM and found our own way
around. Turtles and Eagle Rays were always present with groupers, eels,
barricuda and the typical Caribbean fish life always about. Columbia
Shallows offered great second dives where one could gas off in 20 to 30
feet of water and poke around the reef and find anything. I spent 90
minutes with a new dive buddy on one dive at this site. At Paradise we saw
seahorses. These timid creatures are terrific and after 3 years of
searching, I found them. Though they are always located in a shallow area
that is used by many shorklers and cruise ship visitors, finding two and
observing them for a few minutes was a rewarding experience and I didn't
mind the crowded water conditions.
   I found the Amaranto B&B on the web and it was perfect. My wife is
a non diver and this establishment offered us an affordable place to stay
in the
center of town away from the cruise ship/tourist area and within walking
distance where she could shop and explore. Jorge the owner was very helpful
and friendly. The neighborhoods were friendly and we were greeted with
holas and smiles where ever we walked. The farmers market was a few blocks
away and we had fresh avacados, mangos and bananas every day. There are
hundreds of local eating establishments in the neighborhood and Otata's
became our favorite. We could have dinner there for less than $10 for the
two of us. We had our own bungalo at the Amaranto for $49 per night. 
   I averaged just under an hour of bottom time on 26 dves that I did with
Blue Angel. They have lockers and a place to hang you gear when you are
done for the day. They offer afternoon dives and will schedule night dives.
I highly reccommend them and will use them the next time I am in Cozumel.
Please email me with any questions that you may have, or better yet email
Jeanie Buscher at and schedule a trip. 
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