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Dive Review of Living Underwater/Aldora/Cozumel Palace in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by David A Harper, MD, United States
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Report Number 3293
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, time limits, to a point  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Seven oclock and we are out the door to breakfast. The hotel really has an
outstanding breakfast buffet. Fresh juices, hot coffee and tea and ALL
kinds of food and fruits. Plus, outstanding service. The girls tour leaves
at 7:30 and I head to the dock to wait for the Alfa. The boat, ALFA,
arrives and we head to Palancar caves on a simply outstanding morning. 80
minutes to 84 fsw. Arrow crab, pipe fish, 2 turtles and lots of beautiful
views. Jeremy Anschel, a displaced Minnesotan, owns Living Underwater. His
customers continue to return and dive with him. A 90-minute surface
interval at Nachi Cochom. A nice place, mellow and clean. Second dive at
Chankanaab Bolones. Lots of little stuff plus my favorite drum fish. 66
minutes at 80 fsw. Oh, by the way we also saw a SUBMARINE! The Atlantis
cruised by us at about 70 feet. At the hotel showering at 1:30, then a
great luncheon buffet with a huge variety of hot and cold and an ice cream
sundae bar!! Time for a siesta.are relaxing environments conducive to
making friends, some for a life time. A 7:40 departure on Aldora 4  on a
calm morning heads for Punta Sur, and the world famous Devils Throat.
Aldora always takes advantage of good weather to go to the farther reaches,
such as Punta Sur and Maraicaibo. My first time through the Devils Throat
leaves me with a slight tingle. You are in the tunnel so fast you do not
have time to be nervous. Smooth sailing to the beautiful blue hole at the
end. A quick u-turn and we head up the cathedral. This used to hold the
cross sponge but Wilma removed it. I am glad I did it but the profile for
the rest of the one hour dive was spent cruising over some impressive coral
heads. I prefer Columbia deep. We do see three turtles and the largest
lobster I have seen, scurrying along at about 120 feet. Viz was at least
130 this morning. Now, I can say I have done it. 1:45 SI at Sr. Sanchos. I
cant comment on the food but drink service is excellent. Our second dive
is to Dalila. What a fun dive. Shallow profile with lots of knooks and
crannies. Tons of tropical fish. This cool retracting soft coral, some one
help with the name. It was so relaxing. 78 minutes and still 1200 psi, some
of the group got tired, I believe. Diving with eanx 36 so not even a chance
for no deco time. 
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