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

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Trott, SC, USA
Report Number 3237
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
NC,SC,FL,Bonaire,St. Thomas, St. Martin, Haiti, Caymans, Bahamas.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Living Underwater allows advanced diving, based on the diver's training. 
We observed decompression tables, nitrox MODs, safety stops, etc.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Fresh water was available to rinse cameras.  The only real restriction was
due to the size of the boat.  The operator's new boat is under construction
and scheduled to enter service this Spring.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Our dive operator, Living Underwater, recommeded the Caribe Blu motel for
us.  The motel was reasonably priced with nice rooms with balconies, a pool
area overlooking the water, a beach entry for shore diving or snorkeling,
and a dock where dive operators can pick you up.  The motel was a 15 minute
walk north of the downtown plaza.  A small restaurant was on the property
and served hot breakfasts and lunches.  A motel affiliated dive operation
was also on the property and offered boat and shore dives but we elected to
dive with "Living Underwater".  My only mild complaint was that
we were on the fourth floor and there were no elevators.  I got over it
though when the owner had all of our luggage and gear delivered directly to
our room.

The dive operator, "Living Underwater" was incredible! The owner,
Jeremy, was efficient, friendly, and very professional!  His original boat
was damaged in the hurricane so he was leasing a 26' boat and limited the
number of divers to 6.  Julio, the captain was very proficient.  Jeremy's
new boat is being outfitted and he hopes to have it in service this Spring.
 Jeremy would lead the dives.  We dove with them for four days, three dives
per day.  We had a party of four advanced and tech certified divers so we
requested a chance to see areas of Cozumel that the cattle boats don't
offer.  On day one Jeremy assessed our skills on typical Cozumel wall,
reef, and drift dives.  On day two through four we were treated to walls
and reefs on the north end of the island that were amazing!  The currents
were much faster, around 7 mph, than the southern end but the rides and
scenery were worth it.  Living Underwater provided us with new steel LP
120s so we could dive our limits.  Our typical itinerary would be: Jeremy
would pick us up promptly at 7:45am at our motel dock, make one dive then
bring to the boat to a beach for our surface interval while he changed
everyone to fresh tanks.  We'd make the second dive and then take the boat
to one of the beach resort restaurants for a leisurely lunch, Jeremy would
again change the tanks and then join us for lunch.  Around 1:30pm we'd make
the third dive and Jeremy would have the captain drop us back to our
respective docks between 3:30 and 4;00pm.  Jeremy would provide
refreshments and fresh fruit on the boat betweend dives and would take our
gear home with him each night to rinse it for us.

The Cozumel reefs appear to be slowly recovering from the hurricane.  We
noticed a lot of broken coral on the bottom and the quantity of sea life on
the reefs has not fully recovered yet.  We were however treated to large
eagle rays, dolphin feeding on the reef, big groupers, large morays, many
green turtles, lobster, and a variety of reef fish.

I'm normally critical of resort area dive operators but I will eagerly give
my recommendation for you to dive with Jeremy and his Living Underwater
operation!  I've been diving for 35 years and this is the first time I've
felt compelled to write a public recommendation.  There are only a handful
of operators that I've encountered at Jeremy's level of professionalism,
and very few of them are located in tourist resort areas!  He is truly a
delightful young man.
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