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Dive Review of Deep Blue/Palma Dorada Hotel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Deep Blue/Palma Dorada Hotel, May, 2008,

by Doug Freer, Tx, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4373.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Roatan, Cayman, Virgin Islands, Nassau, N. Carolina, Texas, Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very relaxed we could follow the divemaster or meander around a small amount. We dove our computers for time and depth.
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments If Deep Blue tells you they are going to Punta Sur (Cathedral) and other remote locations, they go there. At Punta Sur Cathedral we saw numerous huge green turles, and one was sitting on the bottom being cleaned by about 5 Queen Angelfish. Our divemaster found the entrance to the Cathedral very easily. A fellow diver said with a previous operator the divemaster could not even find the entrance.

The divemasters were great at finding and pointing out very interesting unusual items, while being environmentally friendly. They had fresh fruit on the boat. In 4 seperate dive trips I've never seen Deep Blue put more than 6 divers on a boat. They normally group you with other experienced divers.

There is no drawback do diving with Deep Blue, but when you go with 3 to 5 divers on a fast boat to a remote site they charge an additional $10 to $12 (you see it listed on their price list). You get what you pay for with them. If I'm going all the way to Cozumel I'll spend the extra $60-$90 for 5 days of great diving at remote sites.
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