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Dive Review of Living Underwater in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Living Underwater, Apr, 2004,

by Lori Brown, MD, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports). Report 1000.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving PNG, Irian Jaya, Wakatobi, Bonaire, Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits suggested, let dive master know at 1200 and 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments There have been some changes in personnel at Living Underwater - Oracio is gone. Jeremy is now in charge and he is doing a great job. The determination to give divers what they want, rather than what is convenient for the dive operator, is what makes Living Underwater a real jewel. We abandoned another dive operation that we had been diving with for years when they stopped focusing on where we wanted to dive and took us to the same old dive sites over and over again. Instead of deciding where the dive was going and imposing it on divers, Jeremy let us decide, within the limitations of our abilities, where we should dive. As a result, we were able to dive sites that I havent been to in years, including Barracuda. Jeremy was also flexible about the time that we started diving so that a few days, he picked up divers at 6:30 am (dont panic, it was by consensus). There are a lot less folks out diving at 6:30 than just a few hours later! I also did some less challenging dives with my 12 year old son. It was a good mix of sites including Punta Sur, Santa Rosa Wall, San Francisco Wall, Delilah, and Punta Francesca. The 120 and 95 steel tanks make all the difference minimum time down (excluding Barracuda) was 72 minutes.
We also discovered a new restaurant - La Lobsteria, on Avenida 5 Sur at Calle 7. As the name implies, they had lobster which they prepare with several sauces or just plain old broiled with butter. There was also pasta, fish, chicken, etc. The service was charming and the proprietor genuinely gracious.
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