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

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Schmincke, MD, USA
Report Number 2842
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, North Carolina, Bahamas, Jamaica, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
73   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 10    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
come up with at least 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
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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