Caribe Blu



Submitted By:
James Goddard

Submitter Comments:

 Caribe Blu (formerly La Lorena) hotel


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03/14/2007 Jason NYC (Avg: 2.88 Review) - The first review I did on this site can be found below. It was written BEFORE hurricane Wilma. I was staying at Caribe Blu hotel and dove at this site one day before Wilma hit and experienced the hurricane first hand on the island. I finally returned to the island for some diving in February of 2007 and again stayed at Caribe Blu. The hotel itself is even better than it was before the hurricane hit. They have done a nice job rebuilding. Unfortunately, the dive site was pretty much blown away by Wilma. While the site remains a great place for a checkout dive and maybe some night time exploring with a little marine life, it is nothing close to what it used to be. Now, it's just sand and some rubble piles. You will still see a variety of fish but the coral is almost entirely missing. Only a few small heads here and there. Too bad really. Basically, if you are staying at Caribe Blu then do the dive, but don't make the trip to the property JUST for the dive. It's simply not worth it for the time being. All that negative said, this is still a great property and a nice little first dive of your trip, and Cozumel is as wonderful a place as it always was. The island's charm remains and the drift diving is still fantastic! Another positive is that the entry is even easier now, if that's possible, than it used to be. Just walk in, with nothing to trip on or avoid now. Enjoy!!!

04/27/2005 Jason NYC (Avg: 3.94 Review) - My wife and I just returned from a week in Cozumel at Caribe Blu Hotel and had the chance to dive this site 4 times. It's shallow (max 19 feet) and filled with life hidden among small coral heads. A 50 yard or more swim to the left from the hotel. If you head straight out you hit sand. Go to the buoy line and turn left into the normal current (not too strong) and swim until you get tired or hit the end of the reef and then drift back to the hotel. The current is light to moderate but not as strong as the current one finds on most Cozumel reefs deeper out towards the wall, so no problems. This dive comes alive at night! Octopus, squid, eels galore, many fish and small coral heads. Get a tank and or gear from the Blu Angel dive shop, actually the current name of the dive site, too, as the hotel name has changed recently. If you go by cab you may have to tell the driver you are going to La Lorena Hotel, now called Caribe Blu Hotel. Not as good as the house reef in Grand Cayman but just right for a relaxed night dive with a camera!!! Enjoy, we did.

02/02/2005 James Goddard (Avg: 3.94 Review) - Great site at a great hotel. Some people don't like Coz for shore diving, but I think it's great, especially for night dives. Among other things I found a really big sea horse there.

01/18/2005 Jeff Wood (Avg: 4.16 Review) - Very nice site and helpful people.

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Diver Averages for  Caribe Blu  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.75
Bottom Conditions:  4.25
Reef Conditions:  2.75
Animal Life:  3.50
Plant Life:  2.75
Facilities:  4.50
Solitude 4.25
Roads:  4.75
*Site Average:  3.73

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.50
Beginner Scuba:  4.25
Intermediate Scuba:  3.75
Advanced Scuba:  3.25
Night diving Scuba:  4.75

Number of reviews for this site: 4


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