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Dive Review of Deep Blue in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Deep Blue, Aug, 2003,

by Kurt Reis, Ohio, US . Report 611.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving CozumelX2, Cancun, Fl Keys, Great Lakes, Niagara River, Mt Storm, Ohio, Quarrys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No real restrictions.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Sea and Sea MX10 with YS40 strobe, used F11 and strobe when needed.

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

Accommodations 5 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 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Deep Blue was nothing short of excellent. They went above and beyond in the area of customer service as illustrated by the day when they had the afternoon cancellation and booked me with another operator before we were even back from the morning dives. I was met at the shop with a lunch and a truck to take me to the other operator. In 12 dives we visited 11 different sites ( I was even asked if it was OK to repeat Paradise Reef). Their boats are extremely fast, covered and they take no more than 6-8 divers though we never had more than 5. There were plenty of drinks and fruit on surface intervals. If they have a lot of bookings, they have 3 other boats and if the conditions are rough, they rent a larger boat so you can still get out. The staff is always friendly, helpful and lets you pick the site,
however, they always check to make sure it is safe. Pepe and the other dive masters are very safety conscious, but will allow you freedom once they are comfortable with you. They never rush you and there are no bottom time restrictions. We were more restricted by our computers than our air. Everyone uses a dive computer and if you don't own one, it is provided. At the store they treat you like family and love to talk with you about the day's diving. Pepe who was my instructor for my nitrox course, was very thorough and made sure I understood everything. He quizzed me on the important points and made sure I knew how to use the nitrox tables (gave me many problems to work out) even though I have a nitrox computer. Excellent instructor.
The store is very convenient, 3 blocks from the waterfront, 2 blocks from the square. It was a 5 minute walk from Casa Mexicana and the pier was a 3 minute walk. I never had to haul my gear (except for my camera and regulator, which was my choice), it was set up, cleaned and stored every day for me.

Casa Mexicana
A VERY clean and comfortable hotel. It is only 3-4 years old and spotless. The rooms are large and the AC works great. There is cable TV with a number of English speaking channels, including CNN. For an additional $20 a day, I upgraded to an ocean front room with a lovely view. Spent several hours every night relaxing on the balcony with a beer reflecting on the day's dives, reviewing my pictures and enjoying the ocean breeze. The floors are all tile, perfect for divers and also serve to keep the room cool. The staff is friendly and helpful. My sliding door would not lock so I called the front desk and they had it fixed within 10 minutes. There is a free dial up internet service in each room. This is important to me as we have a internet based business and I need to use my laptop daily to monitor e-mails. The hotel provided a free breakfast buffet every morning which was an excellent way to begin the day. It consisted of fresh fruits, assorted cereals, bacon, sausage, hash browns, refried beans, juices, milk, coffee and a chef standing by to make you the omelet of your choice. There is also a small pool at the front of the hotel overlooking the street and the ocean. I never had time to go in, but it looked large enough to cool you off on a hot August day. This resort if perfect, if you are in Cozumel to dive or shop. It is located in the middle of the shopping district and the dive boats can pick you up right across the street.
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