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Dive Review of Blue XT Sea Diving/Hotel Villa Las Anclas in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck and Nancy Anson, CA, USA
Report Number 926
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Sonora Bay Mexico, Loreto Mexico, Bonaire, Roatan, Belize, San Salvador,
Grand Turk, St. Croix, St. Vincent, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little
Cayman, Fiji, Carriacou, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 max, 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
The dive op staff was great with accommodating photographers and handling
gear.  They provided fresh water buckets when asked.  We travel with a
small cooler that holds all our gear and the staff would fill it with fresh
water and place cameras in it at the end of the dives.   No camera  tables
aboard but film could be changed during surface interval on shore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was our fifth trip to Cozumel.  We stayed in town at Villa Las Anclas
and dove with Blue XT Sea Diving, a small operation that let us dive our
own profiles.  Both were great.

With Blue XT Sea diving we got  long bottom times, good fast boats,
experienced dive staff, and our choice of dive sites.  They picked us up at
the Plaza Las Glorious pier each morning around 8:00am.  Their dive boat,
Shamu, is a fast twin engine boat that easily accommodates 8 divers but
there were never more than 6 with us plus the D.M.    They use aluminum
80s and fills were consistently 3000 plus.  Almost all our dives were over
60 minutes.    The two dive masters, Raul I and Raul II, have each been
diving Cozumels reefs for over 10 years.  You can tell them what you want
to see and they will take you to it (great for photographers).  They chose
dive sites that were uncrowded and off the beaten path.  Entry is a back
roll with a sturdy ladder return after you pass your weights and BC up to
the boat captain.  After setting up for the first dive, we never touched
our gear again.  The crew rinsed and dried our gear each night and set up
on the boat for us the next day so we didnt have to hump it back to the
hotel.  Surface intervals were spent on a beach or a resort pier where dry
towels, drinks and snacks were passed out.  All PADI required safety
equipment  was  on board and in good condition.  A second boat was
available if necessary so that divers could be separated by skill level. If
you are there in the winter, and are an advanced diver, they will take you
north to swim with the Eagle Rays.  We went 3 times on this trip.  On one
dive we saw 21 Eagle Rays. Blue XT Sea staff love their work and make
diving fun.  We will definitely dive with them again.

Villa Las Anclas is 1.5 blocks south of the town square and 1 block from
the waterfront.  It doesnt look like much from the street but inside the
gated courtyard are 8 large air conditioned studio style suites with
kitchenettes.  A high wall surrounds the courtyard for privacy and
security.  There is a wash tank and drying area for divers and tables and
chairs outside for lounging, dining, and socializing.  The property was
recently renovated and had large sound proof windows that let in lots of
light, marble tile in the bath room and shower, upgraded fixtures and
stained glass windows.  The living room, dining room and kitchenette are
downstairs.   A spiral staircase goes to an upstairs loft where there is a
bed, bathroom and plenty of closet space. The dining area was large enough
to accommodate 4 people.  The kitchenette was adequate with a microwave, a
2 burner hot plate, mid sized fridge, bottled water and just enough
cookware and utensils to prepare a modest meal.  Villa Las Anclas is close
to a number of restaurants, dive operators and scuba stores.  The DAN
chamber is in this neighborhood and Aldoras pier is just 1 block away. 
There are no in room phones but you can use the phone in the office.  Cable
was installed for T.V. but they had not arrived yet.  Take bug spray if you
are sensitive to mosquitoes and noseeums.  They are around in modest
numbers.  Daily maid service is provided.
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