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

Liquid Blue Divers/Fiesta Americana, May, 2008,

by Daniel Spitzer, NY, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 4130.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Widely
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Entire group dove computers. Stayed relatively together due to drift type diving.
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 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 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 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Liquid Blue Divers is a good choice for the diver who prefers to avoid the cattle-boat approach. Small fast boats, experienced staff, Steel 120 and Steel 100 tanks, and a nice relaxed surface interval on a beach all add up to a wonderful experience. Dives are routinely over an hour long - determined primarily by experience of the group and air consumption. Choice of dive site is also primarily up to the group - taking into account weather and currents, naturally. Michaela runs a wonderful operation indeed.

The Cozumel of today is quite different from the Coz of years ago, when I started diving here. The hard coral in particular has been devastated, most replaced now by a ubiquitous covering of brownish-green leafy algae. As a result the entire food chain appears to be operating at a lower energy level than in the past. Little hard coral, far fewer planktonic species hovering over the coral, far fewer planktivores, thus far fewer small carnivores, and so on up the food chain.

Anyone who doubts the degradation of our environment, especially the oceans, has merely to dive anywhere in the Caribbean basin - the changes are alarming indeed!
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