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Dive Review of LIVING UNDERWATER & Pelagic Ventures/Occidental Grand in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ted Shieh M.D., IL, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4046
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Thailand, Micronesia, Fiji, NE Australia, Hawaii, California,
Great Lakes USA, Florida, Caribbean (throughout), Bahamas, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Living Underwater, Pelagic Ventures, Occidental Grand, April 2008
Ted Shieh, MD, (, Chicago, IL

Our group of 3 booked a few days with Jeremy of Living Underwater before
Jeremy went on vacation. Being our second time with Jeremy, our
expectations were more than met; and this time, a new fast slim
fully-shaded boat that doesn't roll. We were picked up at our resort's
pier, as usual.  Steel tanks with long bottom times. Max 8 divers on the
boat. Since a few of the other divers were air hogs, dive sites chosen were
shallower than those Jeremy would normally pick in the past. Jeremy was
more than able to find those rare macro subjects, such as pipe fishes on
almost every dive, pipe blenny, etc. Dives were slow and easy, unless
currents were strong. Nitrox was offered. Camera rinse tank available. Boat
crew were unbeatable with their service. Warm towels and fleece dive
jackets for hypothermic prone divers like myself came automatically. Plenty
of fresh tropical fruit, snacks, and beverages handed to us for hydration
and refueling, and long surface intervals at a beach club to energize. Gear
was cared for between days of diving, so we only schlepped gear on the
first and last days.  Overall a first rate operation worth the extra cost.

We then booked a 2 tank dive with Pelagic Ventures. At $65, plus $10 per
nitrox tank, it's a good deal for a bargain hunter.  The boat was small and
a bit old; the 2x85 hp motors spewed out a bit too much diesel fumes for my
tolerance. The boat arrived quite late that day for unclear reasons.  The
standard aluminum tanks meant standard bottom times, Troy(owner) is very
friendly, and Alex(DM) was absolutely superb.  Alex, who apparently knows a
few secret sites,  took us to a stunningly beautiful, deep dive site
(without a name) worth getting narc'd for. Alex seemed to know exactly what
the critters' addresses on the reef! No camera rinse tank, no O2 meter for
checking nitrox tanks. No towels or other frills. Surface interval was
either trolling for game fish, or hang out at a pier.  One diver in our
group left a weight belt on Jeremy's boat, and Troy took the initiative to
retrieve it for us and Alex brought it to our resort the following day.
Kudos for that. 

Occidental Grand, being far south of town, is close to a number of great
dive sites, which is great for short boat rides. The setting is remote and
tastefully done-with lots wildlife roaming the resort; service staff are
friendly; beach and pool well-maintained; food above average for an
all-inclusive; rooms very nice. Cab rides to town is $20. 
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