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

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Sidne Tiemann, TX, USA
Report Number 592
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Micronesia, Midway, Bay Islands Honduras, Hawaii, Bonne Terr Mine near St.
Louis, local reservoirs]
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[We were told our max depth and to stay above the dive guide, but he never
said anything to anyone about going a little deeper.  We weren't really any
where that would allow you to go much deeper]  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
[Boat had no freshwater rinse tank for cameras.  Everyone had small set
ups, but if you wanted to change film there was no way to do it without
getting the inside of the camera wet.]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The spongees, coral, algae, and small invertebrates were great.  There
seemed to be more critters than when I had been there before.  Lots of
conchs littered the sandy bottom and it was refreshing to see their eye
stalks looking out at you instead of an empty shell.  There were lots of
juveniles and fry in the water, so it implies that in spite of the tourism,
parts of the reef are holding their own.  We saw a large crab, a grouper
taking a nap under a rock, a midnight parrot fish, small schools of fish
and brittle stars hiding under and in sponges and crevices.  Lots to see if
you take your time.  The dive guide lead us on swim throughs that didn't
let you see as much, so I'd suggest waiting for the crowd until they come
back out on the wall or following them from above if you like to go slow
and look.  The dive guide and captain were great.  The dive guide kept an
eye on everyone and chided folks for not keeping their gauges contained so
they wouldn't drag on the reef.  The captain was there to help get your
gear when you came up.  Those of us with lots of air were not rushed to get
out.  I dove without a buddy, and teams were split depending on air
consumption if you wanted.  The boat took 10 of us from a dive shop here in
Texas and had shade.  The boat had no place to put anything that you wanted
to keep dry, no freshwater to at least wash off your face after you got out
and no head.  They did have cold bottled water.  I went back to their dock,
but they let some of our group off at the pier in town.  Las Anclas was
really nice at $50.  Condo style with kitchette, air, place to rinse and
hang dive gear, and lots of good info from Pedro and Elio (not sure I
spelled that right).  It is just three blocks from the square and you can
walk to anywhere.  They have purchased the hotel next to Blue Angel and are
fixing it up.  I'd recommend staying downtown if you want to go a little
more "native".  If you're ok with "get me in the water
quick", four or five dives a day, Blue Angel works.  However, if you
like a slower pace and some amenities like lunch or snacks, freshwater
shower, a head, and a camera rinse bucket, go with someone else.
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