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

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Kamens, OH, USA
Report Number 1027
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All computer diving.  Done with dive master but individualized depending on
air consumption.  A lot of freedom given to the divers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Had read the reports from previous divers who dove with Jeremy and Living
Underwater.  There was a lot of high praise.  All of it in this case was
justified.  Jeremy runs a fantastic dive operation.  As both owner and dive
master, he takes a real interest in satisfying his customers and his
service is first rate.  Pick up is prompt and gear is handled from the time
they first get it from you until you are done diving.  Wetsuits are taken
nightly and cleaned.  Within reason the divers pick the sites they want to
dive.  Once he knows you are competent, he lets you have more freedom to
experience the more advanced and thus more pristine dive sites Cozumel has
to offer.  I was thrilled to dive Maracaibo as a deco-dive since the best
parts of the wall are deep.  I was not dissapointed.  Devils Throat was
also a highlight.  There were never more than 6 divers on the boat.  Bottom
times due to the steel tanks ranged from 60 to 100 minutes.  Props also to
Pepe, Jeremy's other divemaster who was not only a great critter spotter,
but a real riot making the surface time as fun as the dive time.  As
advertised, towels, snacks and jackets if needed, were provided. We saw
over 2 dozen turtles in just 10 dives.  They were literally everywhere. 
Nurse sharks were also seen.  Many large stingrays.  Several very large
grouper as well with one topping out at what had to be 300+ pounds. Fiesta
Americana is a nicely run hotel.  We did the all inclusive and even though
we did dinner in town a couple nights, the AI paid for itself in daily
breakfast, lunch and unlimited domestic drinks.  The staff was friendly and
attentive.  The pool and swim up bar very nice. The beach entry was a bit
rocky and snorkel entries were a bit tough, but overall a nice beach area
with nonmotorized water sports also included.  Rooms were sparse, but clean
and bright.  The food was mainly buffet style, but it was above average and
plentiful.  Try to be on the 4th floor or higher to get a true ocean view. 
Not what would be considered luxury, but clean, well kept and a very nice
choice for a place to lay your head between dive days.  Guido's (formerly
Pizza Rolandi), La Choza and El Turix were all very good and highly
recommended.  La Cocay, closed the month of May, but from last trip there,
it shines.  
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