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Dive Review of Blue XTSea/Casa Mexicana in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Guthrie, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 2607
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Belize, Palau, Thailand, GBR, Hawaii, LaPaz Mexico, Cay Sal Bank,
Fiji, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive to 500psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
There were a lot more neat things to take pictures of than I expected. 
Although the boat didn't have a rinse tank the captain nestled it into a
bag of towels for safe transport and handed it to you carefully.
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Had read reports of Coz being destroyed after the hurricane.  Not true. 
While soft corals did suffer compared the southern tip and there was some
sand on the reef, there were TONS of neat things to see.  Had read that the
beds at Casa Mexicana were too hard, also not true.  The hotel was
wonderful and so central you could walk anywhere or for 3 to 5 dollars take
a cab.  Pickup was a three minute walk from the hotel which included a
buffet breakfast with everything from made to order omletts to bagels.  The
diving was easily the best we have found in the Carribean including Little
Cayman before their hurricanes.  Although we only dived 5 days we saw loads
of tropicals including smooth trunkfish by the bunches, queen triggers and
queen angels, french angels, grey angels, sleeping nurse sharks, 14 turtles
on one dive called Tortugas near Playa Del Carmen, two hunting octopi and
some hunting lobsters on our night dive and an eagle ray and red liped
batfish on other days.  Usually Queen Angels are shy but here they are used
to divers as are many fish and don't run away.  Dive op grouped us by skill
level most days allowing us to get in one 75 minute dive and many over an

Then we went to Isla Holbox 7/10 and 7/11 to see the whalesharks for a
couple of days.  Saw many both days and our little boat of 4 to 6 people
got one to ourselves because there were SO many that we didn't need to mob
one animal.  They swim really fast so even if they are just cruising you
have to pump to keep up but it is doable.  Take your wetsuit as it is
colder than Cozumel and if you have a wetsuit you don't need the lifevest
which streamlines you for speed. We went with Ricardo.   [ link]
He arranged for us to stay at the Wayak.  It is air conditioned but rustic.
 You usually are awakened about sunrise by the chirping of the gekos that
have chosen your ceiling to hang out on.  Try the lobster pizza.  When
driving to Chiquila to get to Holbox, don't get on the 40 near Cancun as it
is a toll road and there are no offramps which makes you go hours out of
your way.  Safest way from Cozumel or Playa Del Carmen is to head to Tulum
(in the wrong direction) but you can't mess up the roads and end up having
to double back.
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