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Dive Review of Deep Blue in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Kurt Reis, Ohio, US
Report Number 611
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
CozumelX2, Cancun, Fl Keys, Great Lakes, Niagara River, Mt Storm, Ohio,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No real restrictions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Sea and Sea MX10 with YS40 strobe, used F11 and strobe when needed.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Deep Blue was nothing short of excellent. They went above and beyond in the
area of customer service as illustrated by the day when they had the
afternoon cancellation and booked me with another operator before we were
even back from the morning dives. I was met at the shop with a lunch and a
truck to take me to the other operator. In 12 dives we visited 11 different
sites ( I was even asked if it was OK to repeat Paradise Reef). Their boats
are extremely fast, covered and they take no more than 6-8 divers though we
never had more than 5. There were plenty of drinks and fruit on surface
intervals. If they have a lot of bookings, they have 3 other boats and if
the conditions are rough, they rent a larger boat so you can still get out.
The staff is always friendly, helpful and lets you pick the site, 
however, they always check to make sure it is safe. Pepe and the other dive
masters are very safety conscious, but will allow you freedom once they are
comfortable with you. They never rush you and there are no bottom time
restrictions. We were more restricted by our computers than our air.
Everyone uses a dive computer and if you don't own one, it is provided. At
the store they treat you like family and love to talk with you about the
day's diving. Pepe who was my instructor for my nitrox course, was very
thorough and made sure I understood everything. He quizzed me on the
important points and made sure I knew how to use the nitrox tables (gave me
many problems to work out) even though I have a nitrox computer. Excellent
The store is very convenient, 3 blocks from the waterfront, 2 blocks from
the square. It was a 5 minute walk from Casa Mexicana and the pier was a 3
minute walk. I never had to haul my gear (except for my camera and
regulator, which was my choice), it was set up, cleaned and stored every
day for me. 

Casa Mexicana 
A VERY clean and comfortable hotel. It is only 3-4 years old and spotless.
The rooms are large and the AC works great. There is cable TV with a number
of English speaking channels, including CNN. For an additional $20 a day, I
upgraded to an ocean front room with a lovely view. Spent several hours
every night relaxing on the balcony with a beer reflecting on the day's
dives, reviewing my pictures and enjoying the ocean breeze. The floors are
all tile, perfect for divers and also serve to keep the room cool. The
staff is friendly and helpful. My sliding door would not lock so I called
the front desk and they had it fixed within 10 minutes. There is a free
dial up internet service in each room. This is important to me as we have a
internet based business and I need to use my laptop daily to monitor
e-mails. The hotel provided a free breakfast buffet every morning which was
an excellent way to begin the day. It consisted of fresh fruits, assorted
cereals, bacon, sausage, hash browns, refried beans, juices, milk, coffee
and a chef standing by to make you the omelet of your choice. There is also
a small pool at the front of the hotel overlooking the street and the
ocean. I never had time to go in, but it looked large enough to cool you
off on a hot August day. This resort if perfect, if you are in Cozumel to
dive or shop. It is located in the middle of the shopping district and the
dive boats can pick you up right across the street. 
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