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

Blue Bubble Divers/Cabalitto Rojo, Cozumel MX, Aug, 2002,

by Dean Knudson, MN, USA (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 351.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Florida, Mexico, Midwest
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm,choppy
Water Temp 77 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions One divemaster was fairly rigid about all returning with 600psi, and with the group staying together.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [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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