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Dive Review of Blue XT Sea in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Blue XT Sea, May, 2007,

by Thomas Witte, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 3330.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Caymans Is, Belize, Fla Keys, Hawaii, Cabo san Lucas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth limits established on each dive briefing. This was a positive as the deep dives were off a vertical wall with currents. Profile was open above the max depth established by the DM.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
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 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Our first trip to Cozumel in 8 years, but our 7th trip overall. Diving conditions were excellent - gentle current and light waves. Only subtle down current in a few breaks in the Palancar chain that were manageable by all divers.

First time diving with BlueXTSea divers on Cozumel and it will not be the last. They were great in all respects. Small operator with two boats that run fast with small groups. Briefings and surface interval dialogue with Divemaster Arturo were extremely informative. Other divers on the boat - who were diving after a two year break - commented on how comfortable they felt following his predive briefings. Pedro also did a great job as DM and has a knack for finding the small interesting animals. Seahorses are his specialty.

Dives are well paced - meaning you let the Cozumel current do the work and maximize your bottom time. The boats get to the reefs early enough that you are among the first on the dive sites. Only once in two weeks did we encounter another dive group while down on a dive. When you see how many boats line up on the Cozumel dive sites, this is great separation.

My buddy has a camera rig, and once the divemasters saw we were comfortable on the dives, we had plenty of independence to drag back a bit and focus on photos of interest.

During one surface interval, Hector - our boat captain - did a 20 minute magic show with sleight of hand coin and rope tricks. He was very very good.

We had scheduled dives over a two week period with BlueXTSea. Christi, the owner of BlueXTSea was great to deal with. She contacted us at our unit mid trip to check in and see how we were doing and how the dives were going. She even extended her home phone number to help us work to reschedule one morning dive that we missed due to a late night mopping up water from a big storm that blew into our condo unit.

Christi's philosophy is evident in the way the operations runs. Safe, fun, informative diving for divers of all levels who are passionate and focused on the enjoyment of bottom time. Partiers and 'maverick' divers who don't follow general established dive briefing limits will probably best look elsewhere. I respect Christi and her team for the way they run the operation and will look forward to diving with BlueXTSea again.

TW

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