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Dive Review of Liquid Blue Divers/Hotel Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Neil Burgess, NF, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 6807
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Atlantic Canada, Great Lakes, Yucatan cenotes, Guadeloupe, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow divemaster, follow computer NDLs, mandatory safety stops  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Large variety and abundance of inverts, tropical fish, spotted eagle rays,
hawksbill turtles, barracuda and nurse sharks. Several great photo
opportunities with splendid toadfish.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
You generally have two choices for diving in Cozumel: diving with a large
crowd on a big, slow dive boat (typically associated with the hotel dive
shops), or diving with 6 or 7 others on a fast panga boat. The large boats
are more social, have a bathroom, provide lunch on-board, but you're one in
a crowd when it comes to diving and customer service. The small boats pick
up divers at their hotels, are faster to the dive sites, often take care of
your gear, take you to shore restaurants for lunch, and provide much better
customer service. We don't enjoy diving with a crowd, so we opted for a
small dive operation. From my first email, Michaela at Liquid Blue Divers
was quick to respond, pleasant and full of good information and
suggestions. Liquid Blue targets experienced AOW divers wanting to maximize
their bottom time, who don't need beginner supervision. They offer nitrox
and high-pressure steel tanks (100 & 120s). All dives were multi-level
to increase bottom times and started with a good briefing. First dives
typically started 85-110' deep on walls, swim-throughs, or gulleys and
ended on 40' reefs. After lunch on shore at a good restaurant, the second
dives started at 50-70' on shallow reefs and then rose to 40'. We dove air
on the first dives and nitrox 32 on the second. Julio, our divemaster, knew
the reefs very well and was excellent at spotting macro subjects and rare
fish, like the splendid toadfish. Over 4 days we covered a wide variety of
dive sites, saw a huge variety of fish, and dove in moderate to strong
currents. Dives were relaxed drifts with long safety stops. Safety was a
priority with Liquid Blue. Photographic opportunities were excellent.
Liquid Blue took care of rinsing and setting up our gear each day. The
other divers in the boat were experienced and friendly. We could all focus
on diving enjoyment. We stayed at the Hotel Cozumel, which provides
gear-rinsing facilities and good clean rooms with balconies for drying. And
a great pool. The food was uninspired, so we had breakfasts at the hotel
and walked downtown for suppers. Glad we didn't get the all-inclusive meal
package at the hotel.
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