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

Living Underwater/Aldora/Cozumel Palace, Apr, 2007,

by David A Harper, MD, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 3293.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving U.S.V.I
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits, time limits, to a point
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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