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

February, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by J.W. Erickson, CO, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 5264
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Eastern and western Caribbean, Florida, Micronesia, Indonesia, Australia.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No rinse bucket on any boats. The only option photographers had was to
rinse cameras in the wetsuit and regulator rinse tank at the dive shop. My
camera and flash got scratched and chipped from people tossing their
regulators in on top of it.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
2 stars   
3 stars    
Have been diving Coz for 20 years and this operation for quite a few of
those, dating back to the La Perla days. The hotel has changed hands
several times, somehow always coming out of it a little better. The dive
shop was really top notch when Alejandra was the owner, but new owners
recently purchased the hotel and dive shop. Their priorities are clearly
with the hotel, with much work being done on landscaping and new plants.

The dive shop has retained most of the old divemasters. While this is a
good thing, it's probably the only good news -- there are quite a few
problems we hadn't experienced before. First, I noticed frequent changes
were now normal for the boat assignments each morning. This made for
confusing situations most days, along with late boat departures from their

In 2 weeks of diving there, we never got our requested dive master. Dive
prices at Blue Angel are 50% higher than they were two years ago. We asked
for a discount for multi-day diving, but the new owner would only give us a
few bucks off, but only if we skipped the included lunch. 

Our tanks, both nitrox and air, were mostly at 2200 - 2600 psi (some even
lower), which really limited our bottom times. We asked both the dive shop
manager and the divemaster several times for fuller tanks the next day but
never received them. So we asked for a small credit for the many days of
low tanks, but this was also refused. They gave us a loud and clear
"take it or leave it" feeling, certainly not what we're used to
from this operation. 

Finally, even though we are experienced divers, we most often found
ourselves diving with beginners -- some with only a couple of dives.
Requests for trips with more experiences divers also were ignored. We ended
up going elsewhere for our diving and will no longer recommend or return to
Blue Angel.
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