Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
 

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

Mexico Blue Dream/Blue Angel, Dec, 2010,

by Stephen Kouri, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 5868.

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

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas no currents
Water Temp 75 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Followed Dive Master in a guided dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 diving.

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.
Was this report helpful to you?
Bookmark and Share
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 813 dive reviews of Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share
Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams specializes in dive travel to Cozumel. We've dived it many times ourselves, and stand ready to customize your Cozumel scuba diving adventure.

Want to assemble your own collection of Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!



Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page displayed in 0.2 seconds