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

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Steve M Dussault, NH, United States
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Report Number 4523
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
US, Belize, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Curacao, Nicaragua, Mexico, Fiji,
Micronesia, New Zealand, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We selected Living Underwater because of the positive reviews on
Undercurrent, the fast boat, and the large cylinders.  I was looking for an
operation that let the experienced divers enjoy the bottom time.  It was a
little confusing working with the booking agent (Melissa) on determining
where we could be picked up.  To Jeremy's credit he called me from Cozumel
to clear up the confusion.  Jeremy runs a first class operation.

On the first day of diving we met Living Underwater at Caleta Harbor at
7:30 AM as scheduled.  Only problem we were not aware that Mexico's
daylight savings time changes is a week earlier than the US and we were not
aware of the time change so we arrived an hour early - better to be early
than late!  Jeremy has you fill out all the paperwork and FAX it to him
before arriving so there is no paperwork needed (or surprises) to be filled

We did two dives with a LP Steel 120 cylinders that provided enough gas for
a 80 minute dives, so lots of bottom time.  Snacks were provided during the
surface interval.

For the next 3 days the port was closed due to strong northerly winds. 
When the winds come out of the north the seas pick up and the harbor master
does not allow any dive boats out.  This was the first we had heard of
this, but research afterwards found the north winds to be common in the
winter months.  If diving on a package tour you may want to understand what
the refund policy is if the port is closed.  We explored the option of
diving on the otherside of the island (no wind) but initally the price was
$150 for a 2 tank dive and the price dropped as the days went on.

The Coral Reef Inn is a small B&B where there is a common cooking area
on the 3rd floor.  The B&B is walking distance to town with grocery
stores near buy.  Jerry the owner is very helpful and has a good list of
local restaurants to visit.

Cozumel has grown alot in the last 9 years since we last visited.  It used
to be a small town with enough services to be enjoyable.  Now with all
cruise ships visiting downtown has become a tourist nightmare as you walk
down the street being accosted by vendors.  The reefs have taken their
tolls from the huricane and the explosive growth.  I learned from this trip
is not to go to desitnations where there is crusie ships.
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