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Dive Review of Blue XT~Sea Diving/Villa Escondida B&B in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Blue XT~Sea Diving/Villa Escondida B&B: "Another enjoyable trip to Cozumel 11/17 to 11/25, 2019", Nov, 2019,

by Gregory S Bruce, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 11338.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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I have been in the habit of spending 10-11 days in Cozumel over the Christmas/New Year timeframe the last few years. Due to a two-week trip to Bonaire scheduled in January with my Pacific NW dive group, I looked for a window in November to satisfy my annual Coz fix.

I found a reasonable flight into Cancun and pulled the trigger about 2 days prior to the announcement here on ScubaBoard about the temporary southern reef closure. While not initially excited about the proposition of missing out on some of my favorite dive sites, I was still excited about getting away and enjoying all of the rest of what draws me to Cozumel (people, culture, food…); not to mention, the opportunity to see for myself the extent of reef damage that has taken place since my last visit in December-January 2018/19.

After booking my flight, I went online to book accommodations at my regular haunt, Suites Colonial. Suites Colonial is right downtown, just a block from the plaza, on a pedestrian only street. It is a sister hotel to Casa Mexicana and the buffet breakfast at CM is included in the room rate. I booked the dates that worked for me, not realizing that we would be there during the annual Cozumel Triathlon. Thus, Suites Colonial was already sold out for ½ of the nights of my scheduled visit. So, I quickly went to plan B and contacted Villa Escondida B&B. Villa Escondida has been on my radar for years and is a fan favorite of quite a few here on the Board and has stellar social media reviews ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Blue XT~Sea Diving   Villa Escondida B&B

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Thailand, Vietnam, Channel Islands, So Cal Coast, Pacific NW, Monterey-CA, Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Belize, Philippines
Closest Airport CZM or Cancun (CUN) Getting There Fly directly into Cozumel or fly into Cancun and shuttle to Playa del Carmen to catch the 40 minute ferry to Cozumel

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-110 Ft/ 24-34 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Begin ascent to safety stop when at 700psi and 5 minute safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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