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Dive Review of blue Angel Dive Shop/Amaranto B&B in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Belmont, AK, United States
Report Number 3899
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau Chuuk Micronesia 2007
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group diving when doing the north very strong current dives. On the
southern dive sites you could dive your own profile and move away from the
group if you desired.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
I chose Blue Angel over Aldora and Living Underwater because of the price
per dive. Jeanie Buscher of Blue Angel gave me a price of $55 per two tank
boat dive. This included taxes and park entry fees (if you pay with a
credit card a 7% fee will be added so bring your travelers checks and dive
at a great price). With this I was able to add Ean 32 and 36 at $10 (each
tank) per dive, tip both the boat captain and Dive Master and still beat
the price of the others. I consider myself to be a diver and not a tourist.
I do not require anyone to set up my gear (though the DM's at Blue Angel do
this) and I don't need special fleece robes and home baked cookies between
dives. My air consumption is good and I look for bottom time at a decent
price. The other mentioned shops are great and offer 100 and 120 cu ft
tanks along with the robes and cookies, so if you want to be catered to,
have larger and heaver tanks,  dive with them and pay the price. Blue Angel
offers free tanks for shore diving.
   I requested to be placed on boats with expert divers and not cattle
boats. Jeanie acommodated my request and I was placed on one of the 8:30
boats with divers who requested diving the more advanced sites. I was
supprised at the number of divers my own age (56) who were very safe,
expert and just good divers. I made many new friends on this trip.
   Most of my dives were led by Jorge who did a terrific job at introducing
us to his home under water. The Devil's Throat offered one of the most
amazing swim throughs that I have ever done and Columbia Pinacles offered
similar caverns and  crevices at a lesser depth. The dives to the north at
Barracuda and San Juan were very fast current drift dives and we were
required to decend and ascend as a group so the boat pick up could be
completed before we drifted to Cuba. The diving to the south was similar
with currents that were less but still dramatic enough to offer exciting
drifts. On these dives one could dive their computer and wander off if
desired. Most of us stayed within sight of the DM and found our own way
around. Turtles and Eagle Rays were always present with groupers, eels and
the tropical fish life always about. Columbia Shallows offered great second
dives where one could gas off in 20 to 30 feet of water and poke around the
reef and find anything. I spent 90 minutes with a new dive buddy on one
dive at this site. At Paradise we saw seahorses. These timid creatures are
terrific and after 3 years of searching, I found them.
   I found the Amaranto B&B on the web and it was perfect. My wife is a
non diver and this establishment offered us a place to stay in the center
of town away from the cruise ship/tourist area within walking distance
where she could shop and explore. The neighborhoods were friendly and we
were greeted with holas and smiles where ever we walked. There are hundreds
of local eating establishments in the neighborhood and Otata's became our
favorite. We could have dinner there for less than $10 for the both of us.
We had our own bungalo at the Amaranto for $49 per night. 
   I averaged just under an hour of bottom on 26 dves that I did with Blue
Angel. They have lockers and a place to hang you gear when you are done for
the day. They offer afternoon dives and will schedule night dives. I highly
reccommend them and will use them the next time I am in Cozumel. Please
email me with any questions that you may have, or better yet email Jeanie
Buscher at and schedule a trip.
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