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

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Ross Ruddick, BC, Canada
Report Number 727
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
B.C., Washington, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Cancun,
St. Thomas, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, St. Croix, St. Martin.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive the plan, allowed deco dives, went to 133' although they allow more,
group surfaces with first low on air diver.  Dive times from 60 min. to 97
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse tank
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    

Prior to this, my first trip to Cozumel, I read through the various years
of Chapbook reports and narrowed my list of dive operators to a fairly
short list.  I followed this up with an email to those operators with a
list of questions about their diving operations.  This cut the list down to
a handful and I choose Living Underwater and hoped it was the right

It was.  They were punctual in their daily pick-up from the La Ceiba dock,
professional in the pre-dive briefings, allowed the guests to pick the dive
spots and allowed more than ample surface intervals in which to off gas. 
As promised there were snacks, towels and jackets on board and the steel
120s allowed all of the divers to shed some or all of our weight.  Jeremy,
as dive master, was a thoroughly enjoyable and extremely competent leader
and allowed us enough in-water freedom without compromising safety. 
Although pricier than many of the operations in Cozumel, the extended
bottom times and surface intervals probably give greater dollar value than
many other operators.  There were several other dive ops that picked up
divers from the La Ceiba dock that week and the only other one that seemed
to always be on time and return quite late was Aldora.  Fellow divers at
the hotel complained about late pick-ups, short or almost non-existent
surface intervals often spent entirely on the boat, crowed cattle boats and
large and unwieldy group sizes.

Living Underwater had a nice fast and small boat and, although promising
not to exceed six or seven divers, we never had more than five during my
visit.  Probably the greatest limitation right now is their small size as a
company.  Certainly this will allow them to provide more personalized
service and maintain quality control but it does also mean that they are
forced to mix divers of varying experience.  I missed out on a couple of
sites that I had been looking forward to because of thisnot a big
dealjust a reason for a return visit.  In spite of that, Jeremy (and Pepe
who was our dive master for one day of the five) took me to many of the
spots I had requested and the overall diving experience was outstanding. 
Devils Throat was a highlight as was the military wreck.  I will use this
company again.

La Ceiba was as advertised, a diver friendly hotel with well maintained
facilities, a friendly staff and dive shop operation from which to rent
tanks for the night shore dive and a good beach and pool.  My only
complaint is the on-site time share operation which uses the Tuesday
evening divers get together as a come on to a time share pitch.

Restaurants that we went to and would recommend include Primas, Guidos,
La Chosa, Casa Dennis, and La Mission.  The European bar is a great spot
for cheap drinks and has free access to the internet to check your email. 

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