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Dive Review of Living Under Water/Occidental Grand in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Dmitry Pasikhov, wI, united States
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 3920
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Curacao, New Guinea, Hawaii.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very little restrictions since all divers were experienced and had 120 cu.
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat has a dedicated water bucket, Crew was very attentive to the
equipment, will hand camera to you after backroll and pick up cameras at
the end of a dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Living Underwater is a first class operation, run by Jeremy Anschel an
expat from the States. It is limo service for the price of riksha. Jeremy
runs six pack boat, that will pick you up and drop you off at the Hotel
peer. This year it is a new boat specifically designed for diving. The boat
is great, the crew is even better and the service is spectacular with fruit
and snacks at the end of the dive, with parkas if your are cold and with
70-80 minutes diving with 120 cu. ft. still tanks.Jeremy will pick up your
gear at the hotel night before and everything will be set up for your
diving the next morning. All surface intervals are at the public beach with
restaurant and restrooms available. Diving was better than last two times
I've been to Cozumel. A lot of Carribian fishes but this time we saw many
turtles, more toadfishes then before, lots of spotted eagle rays lots of
macro. One day we went to the north for eagle ray reef , which came through
at the end of the dive with school of rays. The other day we went to Punta
Sur. All of that is guarantied with Jeremy,  weather and divers experience
Living Under Water is one of the best dive operations on the island. 
Occidental Grand Cozumel is a nice resort, all inclusive but not very loud.
Service is good, rooms are clean, pool functional, food is very good and
beach is good by Cozumel standards. 
Resident Dive operator Dive Palancar is not very impressive. Cattle boats
with no respect to photography equipment, restricted time for diving,
minimal interest of dive crew and definitely no personal attention. Dive
sites are chosen by being the closest to the hotel so next group can be
picked up on time. Would not dive with them, unless no other choice is
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