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

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Doug Freer, Tx, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4373
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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

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very relaxed we could follow the divemaster or meander around a small
amount.  We dove our computers for time and depth.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
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

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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