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

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Carlson, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 5562
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Hawaii, Puget Sound
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
150   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Rinse tanks on boats are typically a bucket of salt water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second trip to Cozumel and we chose to stay at Blue Angel
because it was a small hotel and got very positive Undercurrent reviews in
the past. Blue Angel is a small dive resort (25 rooms) just south of the
main part of town. The hotel was clean, well maintained, staff was very
friendly and helpful. It has a small pool that was clean with good places
to layout in the sun. Small restaurant attached to hotel above the dive
shop was very good, some of the most consistently good food we found on the
island for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was included as well as lunch on our
dive days. Breakfast was buffet style and was nothing to write home about,
but we enjoyed lunch there every day. We had a couple of dinners there,
which were also very good but opted to go find good places to eat around
town every night. There are plenty of options out there too!

The dive shop, also attached to hotel had staff that were friendly and
knowledgeable and we were provided with locked storage for our dive gear
with a handy rinse tank and shower nearby. We bring our own equipment and
did witness several issues with the rental gear from the shop
malfunctioning on dives. The Blue Angel has several boats and we opted
everyday for one of the smaller six pacs, especially the Chiquimax, which
was a very fast boat. I was impressed with the promptness of the dive
boats, with just a couple days of leaving the dock a little late. We
typically found ourselves dropping into a dive site early with no other
boats around. We only crossed two other groups of divers underwater during
two weeks of diving. Dive masters on the boats were all very conscientious
about asking where we wanted to dive and trying to keep less experienced
divers together. They would let us dive our own profiles while they kept
track of novice divers and would bring them to the surface when they were
low on air so we could continue our dives. The majority of our dives were
an hour or more of bottom time followed by surface interval on the boats
eating fruit and pastry. Note to photographers: No rinse tanks on these

We did many dives with them and hit all the typical sites like Palancar
caves, bricks, gardens and deep, Paradise wall, Yucab, Santa Rosa Wall and
shallows, Tunich, Tormentos Reef, Chakanaub, La Francesca Reef, Las Palmas
Shallows, Columbia deep and shallows, etc. We ended up doing several dives
at Columbia shallows which I like because of excellent light and extremely
long bottom times for taking pictures.

We saw Yellow Sting Rays, big Southern sting rays, Blue, Queen and Gray
Angels, Rainbow Parrot Fish, Blue Parrot Fish, Hogfish, Glasseye Snapper,
Blue Chromis, Clown Wrasse, Yellowhead Wrasse, Reef Butterfly Fish and
Hawksbill turtles, Palometta, Jacks, Yellow tail, king crab, nurse sharks,
silver and black grouper, lobster, many octopus and many other tropicals.
We also saw many wonderful corals and sponges. One of the highlights was
being able to find a half a dozen Splendid Cozumel Toadfish to get pictures
of, with several of these coming on night dives. One of our night dives was
just off the beach in front of the hotel and was also a lot of fun with
many things to see and photography opportunties.
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