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

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Bradley Wm. Bowen, UT, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1551
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Everywhere in the Carribean, Fiji, Palau, Indonesia, Hawaii, California
Coast, Florida.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
We did extensive research for our third trip to Cozumel Oct 21 to 29, 2004
as we had not gotten the diving we had wanted on our two prior visits. We
spoke personally to Apple (owner of Dive Paradise), Dave (owner of Aldorra)
and Jeremy Anschel (owner of Living Underwater). We ultimately decided on
Living Underwater as Jeremy was the only operator who would agree to four
dives per day on steel 120 tanks with the second and third tanks being
Nitrox. Jeremy constantly asked for feedback, and how he could do better.
We made several suggestions, but had a good enough time that three family
members begged us to go with them and dive with Jeremy again. We made our
fourth trip to Cozumel three months later from January 28 to February 5,
2005. Water temps had dropped from the low 80's to between 76 and 78. My
wife and I were fine in polar fleece lined dive skins with polar fleece
hoods, but skinny family members needed 3 to 7 mil wetsuits with hoods, and
were still a bit chilled. We picked this time to come back as Jeremy
indicated it was Eagle Ray migration and mating season. The trip was
absolutely FABULOUS! Jeremy purchased 20 brand new steel Nitrox tanks to
accommodate our group. We all were able to do four dives per day. First
tank was on air and we were able to do some deco dives to 150 feet on
Maricabo, El Islote and Punta Sur. Second and third tanks were Nitrox,
which enabled us to dive the fabulous deeper sites more than once a day.
Last tank was on air for a twilight or night dive, depending on the day. We
had Jeremy pick us up at 7:00 a.m. as it gets light about 6:20 and this
allowed us to avoid the crowds on the pier between 8 and 9. Jeremy timed
things so that we were doing our surface intervals while the cattle boats
were diving. We never saw anyone else in the water at the same time as us. 
Best of all we watched in awe as squadrons of spotted Eagle Rays repeatedly
paraded past us on 5 dives. Three reef sharks at El Islote and a reef shark
that has taken up residence at Punta Sur. Spotted Eagle Rays in feeding and
mating behavior on several other dives, numerous turtles on almost every
dive, some of them absolutely huge, barnacle covered and obviously very
old. Nurse sharks on many dives. In addition, Jeremy remembered all of our
suggestions for improvement from October. We had fresh slices of cantaloupe
after each dive (except twilight/night dive), lots of cookies and fruit
(which we ate for breakfast as well as after dive snacks), and plenty of
bottled water and sodas. The fleece lined coats Jeremy keeps on board were
used frequently by most divers. Jeremy is an expert at finding all kinds of
small critters, and is adroit at coaxing them out of their holes.  If you
want to see a particular critter, tell him and he can probably find it--he
did for us. This trip started with a full moon and we had several nights of
no moon. The last few days of the trip I observed and video taped numerous
species of fish engaged in mating behavior on first and last dive of the
day, which I thought very unusual for this time of year. Suspect mating in
many species occurs after full moon, at least several times a year based on
other observations.  Living Underwater dive boat has a tower and cuddy, and
was faster than all other dive boats we observed. The tower was crucial for
diving the North sites because you often surface 4 to 6 miles from shore in
high waves. Difficult to spot someone without a tower. Boat was far
superior to the Aldorra and Dive with Martin boats, which were the runners
up in our selections of a dive operator. On some of the days we went to a
beach with restrooms, showers, pool, large restaurant, lounge chairs, etc.
for our surface interval. Food at Hotel Cozueml is mediocre. We did all
inclusive in October, but dined on our own in Jan-Feb, which was less
expensive. We found excellent restaurants in town on our own and Jeremy
made some great recommendations. Jeremy went out of his way to meet all of
our requests. He did an exceptional job. Length of dives ranged from an
hour and fifteen minutes to two hours and ten minutes, depending on our
requests. It took hours of research and lots of international phone calls,
but we finally found the best operator on Cozumel.
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