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

Blue Angel/Caribe Blu Hotel, Jan, 2006,

by Gary Schmincke, MD, USA . Report 2842.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, North Carolina, Bahamas, Jamaica, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 73 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 10 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions come up with at least 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Often they had a 5 gal bucket for cameras. The dive masters would hand down your camera once you were in the water.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments A good dive operation. They have knowledgeable dive masters that are helpful and seem to care about their customers. We had to take taxis to the marina as their pier was not yet repaired from Wilma. They handled the situation quite well, though it was not always smooth. Entry was the normal back entry roll from the side of the boat. No limits on time, but return with at least 500 psi. Tanks were normally filled to 3000-3200 psi. You normally take off your BC in the water and pass it to the divemaster who pulls it up out of the water. They had only bottled water on-board. The surface interval was normally at one of the southern beaches, like Sanchos or San Francisco.

Shore diving was okay, we saw some damage and debris on the near shore reefs. We did see squid, spotted drum, and spotted morays right by the dive shop.

Overall the diving was good, it appeared there was a lot more sand since the last time (April 2005) I was in Cozumel, but in looking at the pictures I could not see a major difference. I did see damage on most of the shallow reefs. Fish life was good, but I went in hopes of seeing some of the large grouper that were reported a month or so before my trip. I didn't see any large grouper. I do plan to return January 2007.

The Caribe Blu Hotel was a nice small, but basic hotel. Ask for a refrigerator for your room. All of the doors, sliding doors, beds, A/C units were replaced after Wilma. The bed was firm, not near as hard as some in Cozumel. The help staff was friendly and helpful. The restaurant on site only serves breakfast and lunch. I went in town to Chedraui, the closest grocery store in San Miguel and bought a variety of things to eat.

Caribe Blu and Blue Angel seem to treat their staff well and that is reflected on to the customers. I was left with the feeling that everyone enjoys working there.

Overall, unless I find a considerably cheaper acceptable option, Ill be returning to Caribe Blu and Blue Angel in January 2007.
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