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Dive Review of Mexico Blue Dream/Blue Angel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Stephen Kouri, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5868
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Maui/Kona-HI,Figi,Little Cayman,Cozumel,Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Followed Dive Master in a guided dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
My wife and I were not able to dive Cozumel for a few days due to high
winds closing the port to small boats, so we decided to dive the Cenotes
out of Playa del Carmen. The Blue Angel dive shop set us up with Mexico
Blue Dream.

The Cenotes are an underground river system that runs through caverns open
to the surface in various locations. They can be huge, 10s of meters wide,
or very narrow, depending on where you are. If you are uneasy diving in
overhead environments or tight spaces, the Cenotes are a great chance to
experience underground diving and still have ready access to the surface.

The water is crystal clear and without current. We experienced a
temperature of 75 F, but a 3 mm wetsuit with hooded vest was sufficient to
keep us warm. Buoyancy is a bit of a challenge at first, but after a single
dive we were able to finetune our weight (you only need 50% as much weight
as in salt water).

If you are an advanced diver you'll find the Cenotes easy and interesting.
Intermediate divers will have some challenge, but still should master the
diving pretty quickly. It's just my opinion, but because of the enclosed
nature of the Cenotes I 'd recommend beginners have a couple dive trips
before they dive Cenotes. You need to have good buoyancy control to
navigate the frequent depth changes, and to keep from kicking up silt or
mixing the thermoclimes, which are one of the big attractions of cenote

You follow the DM along a path marked by a yellow guideline. We were lucky
to have a 2nd divemaster with us, who was diving  on his free time, so we
were able to have a DM both at the beginning and end of our small group.
The Cenotes are filled with stalagmites, stalactites and salt/fresh water
interfaces. In places, light from the surface shines through pinholes
caused by plant roots, in others you can see the reflection of large
surface pools -- very beautiful.

I can't say enough good things about our experience with Mexico Blue Dream.
The owner is a Frenchmen retired from the U.S. wine industry. Patrice
accommodated us on very short notice, and personally met us at the ferry
dock. Some might consider the $110.00 USD to be high for a 2 tank dive in
Mexico,  but we felt that we received a lot of value for that expense. The
price includes the entrance fee (140 pesos pp), transportation from the
ferry dock to the shop and also to the Cenotes (a 30-60 min drive,
depending on which site you dive), and lunch. They also let us leave our
gear in the shop overnight while we visited friends in Cancun, plus some
gave us great tips on where to eat and what to do in PDC.

Overall it was a unique experience that is a great compliment to Cozumel
diving. While we did it as a way to dive when the Cozumel harbor was
closed, I could see ending a vacation with a couple Cenote dives to
completely rinse your equipment in fresh water.
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