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

Blue Angel/Caribe Blu, Nov, 2006,

by Bob Rollin, CA, USA . Report 3105.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Curacao, Bonaire, FL keys, Kona, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Excellent dive operation. I did 21 dives in 9 days including one twilight and two night dives. Our group initially consisted of 7 divers and we received a dedicated dive boat. During this period we had four different dive masters and all were excellent. Dive boats were reasonably comfortable and very fast. Boat drivers did a great job of following our drift dives. Dive masters were willing to take us to distant sites including Punta Sur and Tortugas (mainland). Some reefs have significant sand coverage due to the hurricane but there was lots of sea life including "plate size" tropical fish, tons of turtles, a few morays and a few nurse sharks. Even with the coral sand coverage I found Cozumel to be an excellent dive destination.

I selected Caribe Blu Hotel primarily because of its affiliation with the Blue Angel Dive Shop. It is a small 22-room hotel that is an excellent hotel choice for serious divers. The rooms are large and austere but they have a nice balcony overlooking the pool and the ocean. Rooms have cable TV with about a dozen English-language channels and some have small refrigerators. The front desk staff is friendly and helpful and they will loan you a computer to check your e-mail on their wireless network. Hotel items needing improvement include providing more hot water (generally lukewarm after dives) and providing refrigerators in all rooms (our room had one but many dont). Overall they provided an excellent experience.

The restaurant above the dive shop does a fine job with breakfast and lunch; freshly prepared food at very reasonable prices and a $1 beer special. The hotel is a moderate walk from a large grocery store. We got some great restaurant recommendations from one of the divemasters. The "non-tourist" restaurants are generally several blocks away from the main square. The taxi ride from the hotel to the restaurants was $4 or $5 each way but the restaurants were very good and very reasonably priced making the journey worthwhile.

I will definitely return to Cozumel, to the Caribe Blu Hotel and would use Blue Angel no matter where I was staying.

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