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you like cattle boats that dictate dive sites and when you go then DMA is the place to dive with! If you want faster, smaller boats and want to say where and when you dive then contact Blue Bubble. Watch out for the shop folks in town. They are becoming aggressive! Reminds me of Cancun! Sorry but the old Cozumel is slowly dying.

Blue Bubble Divers, Sol Cabanas del Caribe, July 2000, George Miller (sensei@triton.net), Wayland, MI. Vis: 150 to 200 Feet. Water: 80 to 85 F. Depth limited by Divemaster. Leave bottom with 700 psi. Time limits set for each dive before leaving surface even though most divers carried computers. Blue Bubbles is a good dive shop providing experienced dive masters and a good trip. Deal made with another dive shop before leaving home went sour. Dive Shop Manager didn’t want to honor deal made by owner. Too many shops to waste time arguing. Went to Blue Bubble and stayed with them until the last day. Negative side, they didn’t go to shore between dives. Surface interval was on boat and lasted 45 minutes to an hour. Often felt a little more time was necessary before safely beginning second dive, especially since several dives exceeded 100 feet. I dive conservatively. They stored my gear, rinsed it and delivered it to the boat each day for a slight charge. Would have been even nicer if they had arrangements to pick up the gear and take it back. Also dive with Chino’s Dive Shop. Chino was our guide and did a great job. Small group and Chino took time to find small marine life for

me to photograph. Had beverages aboard and even a snack for between dives. First class operation. Took a reasonable shore break before 2nd dive. Rent a motorbike from Isla Rentals on Calle 7 Sur near Avenue 5 for a week for $100 USD. When the first moto died one evening, a phone call was all it took for two employees to leave home and come get me with a new moto. They even tried to refuse a tip! Moto’s beat cars, because there is very little parking near the downtown area, but finding a spot for a moto is easy. Photo shop on main street near Prodive Pier should be avoided. Didn’t process film properly or adjust for underwater photography. Mostly a quick turn around for the tour boat crowd. Found a good photo shop on Calle 1 Sur near Avenue 5 (Fuji Film). Did good and tried hard to adjust colors.

Blue Bubble Divers, Casa del Mar, July 2000, Rollie and Denise Matthews, Elberfeld, IN. Vis: 100- 150 ft. Water: 85-87 degrees. Room at the Casa del Mar was somewhat small for three people. However it was clean and the staff was friendly, helpful and the food was good. Third trip to Cozumel. On the second day we scheduled a morning and afternoon dive trip but the boat never showed up for the afternoon dive. After a call to the downtown dive shop and a considerable amount of arguing, they called one of the staff to take us out. On another dive at the Maracoba Wall all was going well then the divemaster signaled to start up. Instead of going with the current and along the wall, he went over the top of the wall and

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