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Dive Review of Blue Angel Scuba/Caribe Blu in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Blue Angel Scuba/Caribe Blu, Oct, 2008,

by Marco Accattatis, NJ, 07307 (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4677.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Barbados, Bonaire, Italy, Jamaica, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Roatan, St. Kitts & Nevis.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surface with 700 PSI.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No rinse tank on boat. Small fast boats.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Great value for those who like no frills dive vacations. My wife and I booked our stay and diving with Jeanie Buscher of Blue Angel Scuba and I can easily say that she is one of the most helpful and accommodating persons we've ever encountered both prior and during our stay.

The hotel, is nice and clean: the rooms are spartan and spacious with a beautiful view of the sea and sunsets; at night, it's easy to hear the street traffic if you don't use your AC. In room safes make it easy to store valuables and the refrigerator is a nice convenience that allowed us to eat our lunches in the room. During our stay we had some issues with the hot water and the "no paper in the toilet" rule took a little adjusting to. We also learned that the hotel was being sold as we were there (I believe it's now called Blue Angel Resort) so there was a little confusion as far as who to talk to during the transition.

The Rendez Blu restaurant above the dive shop serves good local food and drinks as well american fare; I only wished they would serve coffee earlier in the morning as there was no coffee maker in the room. The restaurant was not open for dinner (even though I believe it is under the new ownership) but the 30 minute walk or $4 cab ride into town made for a nice diversion after an entire day of diving.

The diving was really fun and the operation is top notch with very fast, on time boats and knowledgeable divemasters. They will set up your gear but they will let you do it yourself if you prefer. We did most of our dives with Jorge, who is very good at finding all kinds of things but who also lets you dive your own profile. We also dived with Ramon a couple of times, and he was also excellent.

During our stay, we could not dive for three days due to rough seas so, on the first day, we took the ferry to the mainland to dive the Cenotes. Jeanie really saved the day by booking us with a shop on the mainland at a moment's notice and by taking us to the ferry so that we could make it to the mainland on time. We had been debating about diving the Cenotes prior to our trip and I am really glad we did. On the other two days when we couldn't dive we rented a car and toured the island, which is something I would highly recommend.
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