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

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Elise O Lovell, IL, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 6383
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Red Sea, Coral Sea, Galapagos, Mexico/Caribbean, Nicaragua, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits, end dive at 500 psi, very reasonable/common sense for area
and specific dive sights  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Had fresh water container on board, staff very attentive to camera/helpful
and careful with equipment
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   
5 stars    
We booked with Living Underwater due to the positive online reviews. 
Jeremy runs a terrific and very professional operation.  He was extremely
responsive to emails, handled all of the paperwork with faxes prior to the
trip, we spoke by phone the afternoon of arrival to Cozumel, and he offered
to pick up our gear from the hotel so it would be ready on the boat the
next morning.  He was not able to dive with us that week, but he sent an
A-list crew.  Mario, the dive master, was outstanding.  21 years of
experience diving in Cozumel, so as he says, the reefs are "his
office", yet he has the enthusiasm and energy of a kid.  He expressed
the same delight underwater at finding a teeny delicate crab submerged in
the sand as he did coming across unusual reef buddies-a big thick green
moray hanging out and resting his head on a fat nurseshark in the sand
under a coral ledge.  We saw several spotted eagle rays, a number of nurse
sharks, lots of hawksbill turtles, a couple of baby black tipped reef
sharks, and a fair number of large grouper and parrotfish-all a nice change
from the typical Caribbean sites.  The walls and diversity of
corals/sponges in Cozumel always impress, and the swim throughs and
formations rising from the depths are just spectacular.  Mario was
attentive to safety, but trusted that we would pay attention to our
computers and only wanted a signal at 1000 psi and to come up at 500. 
Mario loves these reefs; we saw him replacing broken off coral and dusting
accumulated sand off the wall.  We hit the highlights of the southern
sites, including an awesome loop the loop of Punta Sur, with a descent into
a hole that popped out at 121 feet on the wall-more time and interesting
ground covered beyond the usual Devil's Throat/Cathedral.  They kept our
gear for the entire 3 days and it was always ready to go, although we could
have set up ourselves, and we did always double check the Nitrox (which was
on target everytime).  Fresh fruit, mixed cookies, and water/soda during
the surface intervals, with a stop at a beach club for a walk in the white
sand or a short siesta in a lounge chair.  Shout outs to Francisco the
captain and Ricardo the first mate-they have all worked with Jeremy for
years, and are top notch friendly guys who know how to handle a boat and
enjoy the day.  Steel tanks were a nice change-add Nitrox and you have a
looong dive.
Finally, when my boyfriend and I showed up, we learned that there were no
other divers scheduled for our three days.  I've had dive operators cancel
trips when there isn't a minimum number of divers, but Jeremy instead
emphasized what a great dive experience we would have.  Mario echoed this,
and searched out sites so we could be the only 3 divers in the water.  A
real treat, an awesome trip, and we'll be diving with Living Underwater the
next time we visit Cozumel!
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