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

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Joni & Bobby Lamb, Georgia, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 5305
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Throughout the Caribbean and South Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Diving with Living Underwater (Jeremy Anschel, owner) was an extraordinary
experience. We were looking for a dive operation that was geared for
seasoned divers and we were not interested with the hotel dive shop. Based
on all the Undercurrent member reviews of Cozumel dive operators, Living
Underwater seemed to have what we were looking for. We were extremely
pleased with our choice.

All paperwork and a deposits were submitted prior to our arrival via emails
and website (www.living-underwater.com). Once we arrived at our hotel, we
called Jeremy for the time to meet at the hotel dock on the following
morning (7:45 am).

The dive boat for the week was the Jewfish. The canopied 32-foot fast boat
has twin outboards and is very stable through any swells. We handed our
gear to Jeremy and his crew, Francisco and Ricardo, who set up our gear for
us. We never had to set it up the entire week. The crew handed out snacks,
fruit, water, and soft drinks which were available the entire time while
onboard. The boat is designed perfectly for comfort for a maximum of 8
divers. Each diver has his/her own stowage under the seat. There are two
tanks secured between each diver to provide maximum room on the seat.
Cushions are provided for the ride. Marine radio and oxygen is on board.
After each dive, towels are provided and parkas are available if wanted. No
head is on board, but all surface intervals were at a full service beach
(Playa Palancar) to purchase food, drink, restroom, gazebos, and lounge
chairs.

Jeremy leads the dives at a slow pace, taking time to search for and point
out interesting marine life. Jeremy supplies larger 120 steel tanks and
Nitrox which allows bottom times to exceed 60 minutes on every dive.

I wont describe the spectacular drift diving since Cozumel is never a
disappointment and I would only be repeating what others have already
written in Undercurrent. But what made it world class diving is the dive
operation. We will dive with Jeremy and Living Underwater again.

We stayed at the Aura Cozumel and it was all that you could ask for in an
all-inclusive; great beach, great food, incredible rooms, perfect service.
We never needed to leave the resort for anything other than to dive.
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