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Dive Review of Blue Bubble Divers/Cabalitto Rojo, Cozumel MX in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Dean Knudson, MN, USA
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Report Number 351
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Florida, Mexico, Midwest
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
One divemaster was fairly rigid about all returning with 600psi, and with
the group staying together.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
[None]There are two divemasters currently working Blue Bubble. Rauol is a
cheerful and energetic fellow who is much more likely to leave divers to
themselves and watch from a distance. He does point out marine life, and
gives an excellent all levels tour of the wreck at cozumel. He is an easy
individual to like, and is as competent as any divemaster on the island.
Pedro Pablo is the other divemaster and has a different approach, decidedly
more regimented. He has special stainless steel tank-banger, and by the end
of the week had earned the nickname "senor clang-clang". He is
rigid about the group staying together, descending together, and surfacing
together, with the same 700 psi in each tank. Quite different than Rauol,
who will identify experienced divers and largely leave them alone. Blue
Bubble has several boats, one large enough to hold ten divers. They will
occaisionally pair inexperienced divers with experienced ones. Rauol
handles this by sticking near the inexperienced group that hovers above and
shadows the experienced group, allowing for a good quality experience for
both, Pedro Pablo handles the same mix by "dumbing down" the
dive, somewhat shortchanging the experience for the intermediate to
advanced group. Ask for Raoul, if possible, or talk with Pedro before the
dive about your wishes to dive in the 90 to 130 foot range, perhaps
somewhat away from the main group, perhaps even hinting that part of the
divemaster's tip could be influenced by the decision. Blue Bubble maintains
a telephone number, toll free, that's good from the U.S., a convenience for
scheduling. I spent an evening talking with a free-lance divemaster on the
island. It can be a bad job, dealing day to day with some boorish and
demanding clients, putting up with monotony, and dealing with the
inconsistent flow of income. Many are young men with families and young
children, and when tourism slides, it can be frightening. Many of the
divemasters have logged in excess of 5000 to 8000 dives. A suprising
percentage have chronic ear disease (frequently a career-ending injury),
and some have chronic back pain. All of this takes place in a country with
few social service supports and pervasive poverty. Moral of the story: be
understanding of less than perfect boats and equipment, treat the
divemasters with kindness and dignity, and tip the guy, he's raising kids
in a third world economy, and you don't need that extra two cases of beer
as badly as he needs the money.
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