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

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Craig Grube, va, usa
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Report Number 3977
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Tahiti, Nassau, Turks & Caicos, Florida Keys, Little Cayman,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally follow DM, but had wide berth.  Dive over by 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Will provide salt water rinse bucket if request.  Captain will handle
camera getting in and out of water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
With Living Underwater, Jeremy and crew pick you up at your hotel dock
generally within 5 minutes of the time they say they will be there.   For
the first 2 days of diving we were on his boat, Jew Fish, which was
covered, had seat cushions and more than enough room for the 4 divers on
the boat.  The dive sites were usually no further than a 10 minute boat
ride and a quick flip backwards and you are in the water.  The first dive
was typically out by the wall and down to 100 plus and lasted  80 minutes
as we came up.  The second dive down to 60-80max and for over an hour. 
Between dives we were served fruit and beverages, the crew had towels and
jackets to keep you warm.  The safety stop was at a beach club were you
could get eggs, water, lemonade, etc while you sat at a shaded table on the
beach.  We saw abundant marine life including more angel fish of all types
than anywhere we have been previously.  A fair amount of hawksbill turtles,
huge midnight parrotfish, white spotted filefish, trunkfish, and many
others.  One dive we followed a 6 green moray swimming for about 5
minutes.  We saw several eagle rays, a couple of nurse sharks, lots of
schools of barracuda.  The drift diving currents can be quite brisk, but it
sure is a fun ride with all the marine life around.   I do not recommend
Cozumel  for new divers until you have a good handle on buoyancy control
due to the currents and underwater terrain.  

Two of the dive days Jew Fish had larger fill so Jeremy put us on a smaller
boat run by Gustavo.  There were between 3-5 divers total on that boat. 
Same good service, but no fresh fruit.  Dives were not quite as long as
with Jeremy but still close to an hour.  That could also be the function of
one dive a diver going too deep for too long and needing a decompression
stop and the other dive some new divers ran out of air and had to be taken
back, but the 3 remaining divers kept diving and the boat found us shortly
after we surfaced. Gustavo was very good at finding interesting critters
like splendid toadfish and scorpionfish.  All in all, we will definitely go
back to Cozumel and dive with Living Underwater as Jeremy runs a smooth
operation, has nice covered and fast boats and generally lets you dive to
your air and computer.  Communications were no problem as all DMs have
great command of the English language.

We stayed at the Occidental Grand Cozumel and will most definitely stay
there again, it was the best all inclusive we have ever stayed at.  Great
grounds, nice rooms, excellent food, wonderful customer service.  No bugs
to speak of.  Avoid the Vacation Club pitch, it will take more time than
they will lead you to believe.

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