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Dive Review of Living Underwater/n/a in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Lori Brown, Justin Brown Green, WA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports)
Report Number 2886
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
California, Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, Washington,Bonaire,Fiji,
Indonesia (Irian Jaya, Sulawesi), Jamaica, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dove until we reached 500 psi - shallow dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
 Cozumel is still recovering from Hurricane Wilma and it was a bit of a
frightful sight.  There was rubble from the storm everywhere.  Most
establishments in Punta Langosta were still closed and many of the stores
along the main drag were under repair.   We went down over spring break for
some diving.  We have been diving with Jeremy for years but we had never
been on a dive like this before.  Jeremy calls it The Turtle Dive, and it
is aptly named.  The dive site is about a 30-40 minute ride from the marina
(La Caleta) close to the shore of the mainland.  This was a flat patchy
coral area with fairly high currents.  As we prepared to get in the water,
we saw two turtles coming up for a breath.  But this was nothing compared
with the hordes of turtles we saw on this dive.  There were turtles
everywhere we looked.  As soon as we passed a group of turtles, another
group of turtles would appear off in the distance.  Sometimes we could spot
them from a great distance because there was a cloud of fish above them. 
In all the years we have been diving in Cozumel, we have never saw so many
turtles.  The second dive was near X-Caret.  It was a pleasant dive with
plenty of overhangs and big schools of grunts and silver fish hiding
beneath.  Jeremy mentioned that he planned to start doing more diving on
the east coast of Cozumel.  I think this decision was in part because of
the damage to the reef on the west side from Hurricane Wilma.  There is a
definite need for the reefs around Cozumel to get some rest and relaxation
to recuperate from the savage storm.  But regardless of what the reason is,
its hard to get someone to take you to the east side  which I think is
not very well explored.  
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