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Dive Review of Blue Bubbles/La Bahia in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Blue Bubbles/La Bahia, Dec, 2003,

by Lee Schnell, Texas, U.S.A. . Report 893.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Saba, St. Kitts, Statia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster set depths and time limits but were very liberal and as long as divers were in control didn't seem to mind.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
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 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Blue Bubble's new boat has a sort of camera table in the middle. The boat crew is consious of UWPs and responsive to handling cameras.

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 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Christmas in Cozumel is a great time. The only drawback is the LARGE number of cruise ships!! Eleven at once on Christmas Eve... Highly recommend renting a car and getting away from downtown when the cruise ships arrive! Avis is located at the airport and you can make a reservation on-line and pick up and drop-off right at the airport. On Sundays there are no cruise ships and the square in downtown San Miguel is a great place to wonder around.
Several resturants and bars were closed on Christmas day but plenty enough were open so finding food and drink was not a problem.
Accommodations at Hotel Bahia are inexpensive and very convenient. Rooms have a full refrigerator and electric stove. The showers are large enough to rinse dive gear and there is plenty of hot water.
This was our fifth trip diving with Blue Bubbles and as usual they did an outstanding job. Their new boat is very nice (42') and absorbs 10-12 divers very well. It is designed for more then 20 divers but Blue Bubbles has made the decision to limit it to no more then 14 divers making it extremly comfortable.
Divemasters Raul and Pedro-Pablo are excellent! Both are very knowledgeable of the marine life and love to find and point it out! They are also very safety conscious and provide good briefings before the dives.
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