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

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Lee Fenner, OH, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 3582
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Lake Erie, Tobermory, Lake Superior, Florida: Destin and the Keys, Roatan,
Kauai, Kona
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow leader loosely, no deco or below 130 ft  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat had large Rubbermaid container with fresh water dedicated for cameras.
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 $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
We chose Jeremy (Living Underwater) and the Caribe Blu based on
Undercurrent reviews and completely endorse those reviews with our own
outstanding recent experiences. We had planned to dive six days with Jeremy
and stay seven nights at the Caribe Blu. Unfortunately, Hurricane Dean's
approach to Cozumel limited our diving to three days since Jeremy prudently
took his boat out of the water to prepare for the worst.

We had eight dives over three days and can honestly say we've never had a
better diving experience. Jeremy's fast boat is set up for a maximum of
eight divers and you have a choice of low pressure steel 95 or 120 cu ft
tanks. Jeremy visited us the afternoon of the day before we started diving
to meet us and talk about what we would like to do. He picked us up at 7:45
at the hotel's pier and his helpful crew assembled our gear on our way to
the dive site. Getting on and off the boat couldn't have been easier.
Carlos put the tank/BC on the seat and assisted you into it. Then all
together do a back roll into the 84 degree water. Once the dive is over,
the boat captain, Fernando, throws out a current line from the front right
side of the boat. You swim to the boat and he is waiting at an open door to
take your tank/BC. Then using a line tied to the side of the boat, you move
to the ladder, pass your fins up, and climb aboard. Carlos offers water,
snacks, and towels. Between the first and second dive on two days, we
stopped at dock and you could get off and stretch your legs walking to a
"rustic" bathroom area back in the brush. Between the second and
third dives, you stop for lunch. Once we ate at a beach hotel and the other
time at a little cafe in the small boat harbor. After a day of diving, the
crew rinses your gear and will keep all of your gear, including wetsuit,
for the next day.

Jeremy is a fantastic dive leader. He takes the time to show you large and
small marine life. He carries a magnifying glass, erasable slate, and a
bunch of other gear to make communicating underwater easy. He used a lure
to coax a Splendid Toadfish out of its den and found both a miniscule
post-larval Trunkfish and Juvenile Cowfish. There were just the two of us
on the second three tank day. Talk about personalized service! Jeremy led
us on an extensive tour around and through the wreck of C-53 minesweeper. I
think we visited every compartment inside the ship. Our third dive started
out with a seahorse hunt and in 30 minutes we found four. Then Jeremy used
his slate to ask us if we wanted to continue the search or go to the reef.
We chose a tour of the reef and ended up with a memorable 74 min dive.

The fees were reasonable considering the quality. We paid $85 for two-tank
dive, $55 extra for a third tank, and $10 per tank of nitrox (95 or 120 cu
ft). There is no additional charge for going to distant sites.

Since this was our first trip to Cozumel, we dont know what it was like
pre-Wilma. However, we thought the mix of drift diving, walls, picturesque
reefs, and abundant creatures made for tremendous fun. We now understand
why divers love to return to Cozumel as often as they can.

The Caribe Blu is a great value about a 20 min walk from downtown. The air
conditioned rooms are large and kept extremely clean. All face the ocean
and have balconies with plenty of space for drying gear. There is a small
restaurant above the Blue Angel dive shop next door with hours from 7 a.m.
to about 5 p.m. Prices are reasonable. For dinner, we took a taxi to San
Miguel and ate at great restaurants (La Choza, La Perlita, Primas, and
Casa Denis) that Jeremy recommended. Cab fares ranged from $4 to $6 and no
driver tried to overcharge. Jeanne at Caribe Blu was extremely helpful
finding us another hotel when we had to move out early due to the
government closing beachside resorts.

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