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

Blue Angel/Villas Las Anclas, Jul, 2003,

by Sidne Tiemann, TX, USA . Report 592.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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