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Dive Review of Living Underwater/Reef Club/Sabora in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Mason, Michigan, USA
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Report Number 3261
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize Atolls, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, Florida Keys, St Lucia, French
Polynesia, Great Lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions, dive within your limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
More macro opportunities than I knew existed in Cozumel. Jeremy found tiny
unique critters on every dive. He would be a great "muck" dive
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
From what I read in Undercurrents before we left, my secret dive master has
been found and is starting to receive his justifiable praise and accolades.
We have made many trips to Cozumel and the early ones, diving with Aldora
were always some of our favorite dives and dive masters. Then Cozumel and
Aldora grew and changed so we started going elsewhere. We started looking
for quality small dive operators who made sure you enjoyed the trip and
really liked what they did. We found that quality dive masters, can make or
break your trip and they are very hard to find. I am talking about the dive
masters who truly enjoy diving rather than just making it their job. Then
we found Jeremy and Living Underwater in Cozumel when we came for a family
vacation in 2004. We could not believe his calm and patient attitude for
his young age. He took us diving and we knew we had found someone special
again in Cozumel. We asked him if we could start our morning dives earlier
to spend time with our family, no problem, we started an hour earlier. We
found that Jeremy loved to be underwater as long as he could, just like us
and we were only limited by our abilities.  If our air supply was good and
our computers stayed out of deco there was no limit to the bottom time we
enjoyed. We dove profiles starting at 90 and 100 feet with over an hour
underwater, second dives of 50 to 60 feet lasted one and one half hours or
more if we could stay within safety margins. It was like having a private
dive guide to take care of all your needs. Then he started showing us the
tiny stuff that we had been drifting past the whole time. I didn't even
think about stopping and enjoying macro critters while riding the Cozumel
currents. We were hooked on Cozumel diving again and then came Wilma. We
went to other destinations in 2005 and 2006 but none of them measured up to
Jeremy and LU. We just got back from our first Cozumel trip since Wilma. We
were thrilled that Jeremy is still there and doing the same excellent job
he was before! We were the only couple on the boat for the start of the
week and he showed us the most unique things we have seen underwater. We
were the very first people out on the reef every morning and saw more big
fish than I remember being on the walls of Cozumel. His calm presence
underwater and ability to work the currents allow you to stop and smell
the roses, it is unbelievable. On one dive he stopped and showed us a pipe
seahorse, pipe fish and a tiny dragonette all in a 4 square inch depression
in the sand down current of a coral head. We stopped and took our time to
watch the pipe horse move around and feed. It was a truly unique
experience. I can honestly say that I could not have found any of these
critters, even if someone told me where to look. Jeremy uses a magnifying
glass for his divers to see he tiny things. He doesn't need it to find
minute things like fire crabs, but I can't see them without it. We stopped
to watch a stingray feed in the sand for about 5 minutes and appreciate
nature in action. Jeremy doesnt just look for tiny things; he spots all
the big stuff and tiny creatures with equal ease. We saw more turtles here
than in Cayman last fall. They were on every dive, sleeping under ledges,
in cracks and swimming around. We asked for a list of things we wanted to
see and we saw them on almost every dive. It seems like we would ask about
something, dive in and there it would be. I joked with Jeremy about having
a mechanical eagle ray since it seemed like they appeared on his command.
Jeremy only takes out small groups and took the two of us out daily with no
complaints. He uses a fast, un-crowded boat with shade, he has low pressure
steel tanks that start with about 2,500 psi and never seem to run low. All
the safety equipment including oxygen was on board. We had water, juice,
fresh fruit, cookies, towels and anything we could ask for. He picked us up
at our hotel and dropped us back there every day. The surface interval is
on shore at a playa with your choice of beach chairs or a covered
restaurant to get out of the sun. They have a shower, bathroom facilities,
food and refreshments, (bring some cash in a dry bag). I would recommend
Jeremy and LU to anyone who wants to enjoy every moment and make the most
of every dive. If you remember the good old days of valet diving in Cozumel
with long bottom times and attentive caring dive guides, contact Jeremy and
dive with the Best of Cozumel.  
We had booked the Reef Club in the south with a beach and all inclusive for
our college bound daughter who went with us. When we got there we upgraded
to Sabor, the adults only section. We were very glad we did. I would not
recommend Reef Club unless you have small children and want the basic
buffet food. We had a private area with a bar, nice pool and a splash pool
outside our patio. Sabor has a private restaurant where you can order from
a menu. We still went into town for some dinners and took trips around the
island to enjoy the still wild and undeveloped east side. I would recommend
Sabor to any adults who want the all inclusive thing but dont miss
everything there. Rent a jeep for the week before you go for the best rates
and enjoy all that Cozumel has to offer.  
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