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Dive Review of Blue Angel/Reef Club in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Blue Angel/Reef Club, Jul, 2006,

by Frank Evans, MN, USA . Report 2589.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny,cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Blue Angel allows divers to dive their own profile and dive master stays until last diver is up
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Stayed at rebuilt Reef Club...lots of improvements since Wilma. Food much improved and service excellent. Sand Dollar Sports is the dive operation at Reef Club but won't dive with them even though as Reef Club member receive nice discount. Their boats are too crowded and they strictly enforce their over-restricted dive profiles so experienced divers come up with more than 1000 psi. Sand Dollar is ok for beginning divers, but experienced ones probably won't like them.

Love Blue Angel Diving and have been diving with them two or three times a year. Jorge, their head dive master, is among the best on the island and their other DM's aren't far behind. Max of 8 on their speedy boats, they will pick you up at your resort, and they will go where divers want to go including trips across the channel to dive Tortugas. Very safety conscious and dive briefings are to the point and very informative. One memorable dive this trip was at Tortugas (where I saw a Bull shark and over 25 turtles in April) where Jorge thought we had a chance to see a school of tarpon. Well, it was more like a "herd" of tarpon as we drifted through over 100 5-8 footers with nose to the current just holding above bottom. Incredible sight!

We were in Cozumel at the Reef Club when Wilma hit and returned in January and April. We took a group in April to repair two roofs on badly damaged homes. Blue Angel Diving/Caribe Blu Hotel has been a big help with hurricane relief as they encourage divers to drop good used clothing at their site which is picked up by a local church group and distributed to those in need. So if you are heading to Coz, pack an extra suitcase with used clothing and drop it off at Blue Angel.

We are organizing another work group to go back in March 2007 to do more housing repairs and anyone who would like to volunteer can contact me at my e-mail address (frankevans@charter.net) for more information. We work in the mornings and dive in the afternoon. Lots of fun and tremendously rewarding time to help those who need it. If you are among the many divers who love the people of Cozumel, please consider joining us in March or perhaps putting your own work group together. There is especially great need for roof repairs.
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