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

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by W.J. Tucker, CO, US (2 reports)
Report Number 4816
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Indonesia, Australia, Atlantic
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
There are no fresh water rinse tanks for cameras on their boats or dive
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
Have been going to Coz for 20 years now, with most of that time with Blue
Angel Divers. New Canadian owners took over in the fall of 2008. They are
working very hard on sprucing up the hotel and it shows. But unlike the
previous owner, they were visibly much more interested in the hotel than
the dive operation. 

After an absence of 2 years, I must admit getting sticker shock after
seeing the prices at the dive shops in Cozumel -- most are now charging $65
and up for two-tank dives. Blue Angel is now over $70 for non-guests of the
hotel. I dove with them for 12 days so was able to negotiate the price down
a little with the new owner (mostly by dropping the included lunch). But I
was at least glad to see that most of the previous, experienced divemasters
were still there.

The boat departure schedule was recently changed to leave earlier, but it
didn't seem to matter -- they were usually running 15-30 minutes late,
sometimes more. The service was still good, but I never got the divemaster
I requested. Also never received a single tank over 2800psi (most were in
the 2300-2600 range). I complained to 3 different people at the shop about
this, but still never received a full tank. They also refused to adjust the
price at the end because of it. That will be my last time with Blue Angel.
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