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Dive Review of Liquid Blue Divers/Hotel Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Liquid Blue Divers/Hotel Cozumel, Feb, 2012,

by Neil Burgess, NF, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 6807.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Atlantic Canada, Great Lakes, Yucatan cenotes, Guadeloupe, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow divemaster, follow computer NDLs, mandatory safety stops
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Large variety and abundance of inverts, tropical fish, spotted eagle rays, hawksbill turtles, barracuda and nurse sharks. Several great photo opportunities with splendid toadfish.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments You generally have two choices for diving in Cozumel: diving with a large crowd on a big, slow dive boat (typically associated with the hotel dive shops), or diving with 6 or 7 others on a fast panga boat. The large boats are more social, have a bathroom, provide lunch on-board, but you're one in a crowd when it comes to diving and customer service. The small boats pick up divers at their hotels, are faster to the dive sites, often take care of your gear, take you to shore restaurants for lunch, and provide much better customer service. We don't enjoy diving with a crowd, so we opted for a small dive operation. From my first email, Michaela at Liquid Blue Divers was quick to respond, pleasant and full of good information and suggestions. Liquid Blue targets experienced AOW divers wanting to maximize their bottom time, who don't need beginner supervision. They offer nitrox and high-pressure steel tanks (100 & 120s). All dives were multi-level to increase bottom times and started with a good briefing. First dives typically started 85-110' deep on walls, swim-throughs, or gulleys and ended on 40' reefs. After lunch on shore at a good restaurant, the second dives started at 50-70' on shallow reefs and then rose to 40'. We dove air on the first dives and nitrox 32 on the second. Julio, our divemaster, knew the reefs very well and was excellent at spotting macro subjects and rare fish, like the splendid toadfish. Over 4 days we covered a wide variety of dive sites, saw a huge variety of fish, and dove in moderate to strong currents. Dives were relaxed drifts with long safety stops. Safety was a priority with Liquid Blue. Photographic opportunities were excellent. Liquid Blue took care of rinsing and setting up our gear each day. The other divers in the boat were experienced and friendly. We could all focus on diving enjoyment. We stayed at the Hotel Cozumel, which provides gear-rinsing facilities and good clean rooms with balconies for drying. And a great pool. The food was uninspired, so we had breakfasts at the hotel and walked downtown for suppers. Glad we didn't get the all-inclusive meal package at the hotel.
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