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Dive Review of Blue Angel/Casa Mexicana in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Patrick Wikstrom, NC, USA
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Report Number 2615
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas; Belize; Bonaire; California Channel Islands; Cayman; Cocos; Costa
Rica; Cozumel; Florida- springs, west coast, & keys; Indonesia; North
Carolina; Massachusetts; Palau; Puerto Rico; Roatan; Socorro; South Africa;
Thailand; Truk; Turks & Caicos; TVA lakes; Yap; Yucatan Caves;
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no deeper than 130', not much longer than an hour please, back on board
with 300psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Located at the Caribe Blue Hotel, Blue Angel Diving had a pretty organized,
professional operation. My buddy had dove with them for years but this was
my first time. Alejandra, the owner wasnt around during our visit, but the
on-site manager, Victor, was both personable and seemingly anxious to get
us the kind of diving we requested. The 22 room hotel caters mostly to
divers and provides wireless internet, fresh water pool, secure milk
crate lockers, decent gear rinse and outdoor shower facilities, and a
restaurant/bar with reasonable prices for drinks and standard Mexican &
American food. The place was freshly repaired, cleaned and painted,
appeared mostly full, and has a lot of loyal repeat customers.  The dive op
seems prosperous with 4 or 5 fast boats with Bimini tops that carried a
maximum of eight, and a cabin cruiser presumably holding larger groups.
Boats I was on had first aid and DAN O2 kits, VHF radio, cold bottled
water, and a camera rinse bucket. 95cu.ft. tanks and Nitrox were

On our first dive day they took out an afternoon boat for just two of us. 
Jose, the divemaster, let us select our sites, provided a decent briefing,
and was competent both above and underwater. On Santa Rosa, which turned
out to be in better shape than several sites Id seen, we had a pleasant
dive curling in and out of the columns and crevices along the wall
stumbling across several schools of large HorseEye Jacks, a 6ft Nurse Shark
tucked in an overhang, and a large Caribbean Octopus foraging out in the
sand. One of the weird unforeseen results of Novembers hurricane Wilma
seems to be that octopi are coming out during the day much more often than
in the past. Whether this is because their predators are fewer or because
their food supply is diminished and theyre working harder to find prey has
not been determined. Another memorable dive was a ripping flight across
Tuniche where we pulled ourselves cross-current on hand holds of dead coral
to traverse from side to side of the principal reef spine. Dropping down
behind coral boulders we joined large schools of grunts hunkered down out
of the rushing torrent.My overall impression was good. I liked the feel of
the hotel and dive shop combo and the dive op went out of their way to
satisfy us. Id use them again. But I wasnt staying there. 

Id signed on with a small group that was staying at the recently opened
Casa Mexicana. This is a high end downtown hotel right on Ave Rafael
Melgar, the main coast road. Somewhere I read that the architect had won
awards for the design and this five story structure does have an
interesting modern Mayan look about it. The ground floor street level rents
out to various high end shops. A pair of escalators slide guests up to the
large lobby located on the second story. The internet computer room,
swimming pool, and miniscule bar are also located on this level looking out
over the hustle and bustle of the main road. The small decorator styled
pool looks nice in the brochure photos, with bikini girls stretched out on
the lounge chairs, but somehow its location right in the lobby sort of
restricts folks from many poolside activities. This is an affluent, staid,
and proper clientele and nobodys  going to tolerate a herd of screaming
kids running and jumping all over this place.   

An open core up the middle of the structure is covered with a giant
skylight and surrounded by guest rooms. At the bottom (floor # 2 third
story) is a garden with patio type tables which is used for the
complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. My friends stayed in one of
the better rooms which have an ocean front balcony with a birds eye view of
the action down below. My garden view balcony looked out on the steamy
garden which was never used by anyone except at breakfast, so the most
exciting thing I observed was the birds flying in stealing food from the
plates of the less vigilant. Both class of room were expansive, had nice
tile floors, refrigerators, room safe, large tub/shower units, hair dryers,
internet service, 50 channels of TV (two in English), and functioning

The morning breakfast bar was really pretty good. Serving from 7:00 to
10:00 there were eggs cooked to order, a complete continental selection,
juice, fruits, and cheeses, along with several hot breakfast
entrées including Mexican dishes, meats, potatoes, pancakes, and
rice. One could easily skip lunch after the chow down on this all you can
eat extravaganza. No other meals are served although a short menu of room
service items was available at other times. But the Casa Mexicana doesnt
really cater to divers. There is no dock, dive shop, gear lockers or rinse
tank. My bath tub worked well for this but I was the only guest hanging my
dive gear on the balcony. I got some mean stares from the wait staff when I
went down to breakfast and if Id stayed much longer Im sure they would
have asked me to desist. But for a business man or a couple who came to
stroll the downtown shopping this first class hotel would probably be a
good choice. Although air and land packages are sometimes associated with
this property my late reservation cost me the full rack rate of $105 per
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