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Dive Review of Blue XT~Sea Diving/Occidental Grand Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Timm, CO, USA
Report Number 1385
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Roatan, Bonaire, Togabo, San Salvador, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Advise dive guide at 700psi.  Minimum 3 minute safety stop.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Blue XT~Sea Diving is a relatively new, small dive operator that focuses on
service and a quality diving experience.  They certainly exceeded all of my
expectations, and were mostly responsible for the best dive experience I've
had to date.  Cozumel's famed diving also helped.

Owner Christi Courtney has done a terrific job.  Her boat "Shamu"
is a small, "fast" boat offering sun protection and dry storage. 
Oxygen is aboard.  Communications are through the standard marine radio
with a cell phone backup for emergencies.  The cell phone works well out at
dive sites.  The boat carries the captain, a dive guide and a maximum of
six divers.  Service is exceptional.  If you choose, you can leave all your
equipment aboard except for wetsuits.  It will be rinsed, setup and ready
to go the next day.  The crew exchanges the used tank for a fresh one
between dives.  Towels are provided and the fresh water rinse is a nice
touch.  Rain Ponchos are available if needed.  Snacks between dives
consisting of bottled water, juices, small sandwiches, nuts, crackers,
cubed cheese and cookies are a real treat.  The boat always was promptly on
time for my designated pickup time.

Christi's staff is top notch.  Pedro and Jamie are terrific dive guides. 
They wanted us to have a good time and made sure we did by constantly
finding and pointing out things of interest.  They are second to none at
finding small critters!  We certainly would have missed things had it not
been for their keen observation skills and intimate knowledge of the dive
sites.  If you are an experienced diver, they leave you alone except for an
occasional look to be sure you are OK.  If you need a little help, they
offer quick assistance and gladly provide tips on technique if asked. 
Hector, the captain, is a real entertainer.  He can occupy you with his
magic tricks for as long as you are interested.  How does he do those

Surface intervals are done at a nice sandy beach facility with chairs,
palapas (sp?), food and drink concessions, both an open air and enclosed
eating area and restrooms.  Nice touch!

Dive sites are picked by the divers on board.  If you aren't familiar with
Cozumel's sites, tell the crew what you're interested in and they'll likely
be able to find it.  Dive profiles for a two tank day are typical.  The
first dive is the deepest at anywhere between 75 to 120 feet depending on
the site.  Second dives usually are in the 50-60 foot maximum range.  My
bottom times always exceeded 60 minutes except for two really deep dives. 
You are allowed to dive your computer's NDL or to 700psi.  Divers using air
faster than others are sent up while others are allowed to continue the
dive. Tank fills consistently were 3000+ psi except for two that were in
the 2800-2900 range.  

My trip was about a week after hurricane Ivan passed through the area. 
Although Cozumel didn't sustain a direct hit, they did experience some
strong winds for about two days.  Consequently visibility was a little low
(about 70 feet) early in my trip and continued to improve daily.  By trip's
end, it was in the 120 foot range.  Water was warm at 82-83 F.  Currents
were mild to none.  Weather was mostly sunny with no wind and calm seas. 

This was my first experience with Blue XT~Sea, and certainly won't be my
last.  For me, they have set the standard by which I will judge all future
dive operators.  You can't go wrong with Christi and Blue XT~Sea!  Check
them out at        
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