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

Living Underwater/Coral Princess, Nov, 2007,

by Michael RIffle, FL, USA ( 1 report). Report 3737.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving CA Channel Islands, Kaui, Kona, FL Keys, Jupiter FL, West Palm Beach FL, Bahamas, St. Croix, Saba, St. Martin, FL Gulf, Scripts Channel CA, Jamaica, Cabo San Lucas, Akumal , Cenotes, Isla Mujeres
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Go down and come up as group. Dive w/computer, Resposnible for own decco time/limts, keep group in site.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 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 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse Bucket. Sit out stop at beach cafe with tables and running water between dives

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 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 My 7th trip to Cozumle since 1981. 6 boat trips w/ Living underwater 2 w/ Aldora. Living Underwater wins HANDS DOWN!!! Dove 2 of the same sites with each. Punta Sur w/ Aldora missed the drop point, had to kick long way against strong current at depth... last 25 minutes of dive drifted over gray limbo at 35 ft in strong current BORING !!, 45 to 50 min max - w/ Gustavo we hit the spot got to the drop off by swimm through canyons (blocked current!) came back thru beautiful coral, color w/lots of fish, 1hr+ of bottom time (no gray limbo). I am a NUAI Avanced Diver since 1980 and had just dove in St Martin and Saba ( Aldora was clearly made aware of this) Aldora packaged me 1 day w/ a family w 2 kids under 14 w<20 dives then the next day w/ a couple in their late 70's!! My feeling is that Aldora is "used to be" operation...never again for me. Living Underwater knew the drop spots, found them fast, are the 1st boat on the site. The VERY BEST DIVEMASTER/GUIDES(Jeremy and Gustavo)- that is what I am paying for, ANY OPERATOR HAS A BOAT AND TANKS.. In 28 years of diving I have NEVER had such consistant quality and care. THEY ARE FUN TO DIVE WITH!!. Asked the the divers what they wanted to see that day...Cookies, fruits & parkas after dives, Sit out between dive at beach cafe w/ photogenic momma crocodile. Packaged me w/ a GREAT group of experienced divers. MAX bottom time (and not over gray limbo) I was a better diver and learned a lot about the local sea life by the end of the week - if you watch and listen they can take you to the next skil level. Living Underwater- the very best..to a metaphysical certainty!!!

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