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

June, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Hank Martin, NJ, USA
Report Number 105
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with divemaster and return with 500 psi.  But, DM's made very liberal
profiles and there were really no restrictions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Fifth Cozumel trip.  Chose Living Underwater after hearing of Oracio's
departure from Aldora and his setting up his own shop.  Could not have been
happier with the diving.  We basically dove wherever we wanted, including
Barracuda and San Juan.  Living Underwater uses low pressure steel 120's
that they slight overpressurize, resulting in about 150 cubic feet of air. 
The tanks are so negatively buoyant that you can drop 8 - 10 pounds of lead
- it is very easy to be overweighted the first time using them.  They also
give bottom time that is unsurpassed.  We weren't that interested in doing
two hours per dive, but it was great to have enough air to do Punta Sur and
have some meaningful bottom time, rather than doing the throat and heading
up.  Yes, we went into deco during the dive, but had enough air to hang as
long as we needed.

We dove with Gabriel for the majority of the trip.  A very colorful and
confident diver, he was willing to go anywhere.  The dive he led to
Barracuda is one of the best dives I've ever done.  A current of about 2
and a half knots, running along the wall at 120 feet with the sun
highlighting the fish above us.  Just magnificent.  

The service could not have been better.  From making arrangments stateside
to having all of our equipment handled while there, everything went
smoothly.  In fact, the only problem with LU is that Oracio only has one
boat.  So, if you want to do a twi-nite two tank, you will need to go with
the boat to the marina, and wait as they gas up - which we did.  Plus, if
you don't particularly care for your dive mates, you are stuck with them! 
If he has a large enough group, however, he will contract with another
boat, so there is never more than 6 people in a boat.

I will definitely dive with LU again.

Stayed at the Coral Princess as a change from our regular, the Costa Club. 
Liked the room better - a great ocean view, but the location is not as
favorable.  Definitely need to take a taxi into town.  Staff is much nicer,
though, and try to accomodate all requests.  Pool area isn't as nice as the
Costa Club.   
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