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Dive Review of Living Underwater/El Presidente in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Renda Stalter, ks, usa
Report Number 3438
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Turk, Little Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Our eleven day vacation to Cozumel in June 2007 was a welcomed return to El
Presidente and Living Underwater.  While we had already been back to
Cozumel three times since Hurricane Wilma, it had been two years since our
last stay at El Presidente.  We were also looking forward to diving off
Jeremys new boat (the Jew Fish).  We were pleased on both counts.

Wilma had inflicted substantial damage on El Presidente, and insurance
haggles had delayed the resorts renovations for months.  But the resorts
owners knew what they were doing.  An adult pool has been added to the
grounds, and we took two of the cheaper pool view rooms, and could not
have been happier.  All of the rooms have been spruced up, and the beds
have been upgraded to American standards.   The staff worked
exceptionally hard to please us, and we were happy to see many of the long
time El Presidente staff.  

The shore diving in front of El Presidente was excellent before Wilma, but
the coral heads took a beating.  We still considered the shore dives
enjoyable and found a large green moray, a number of nudibranches, many
eels and a juvenile drum fish. 

Jeremy put his new boat into the water a week or so before our arrival in
Cozumel, and boy was the boat a pleasant surprise.  The boat is 33 feet
long, and is slightly longer that most fast boats employed by the Cozumel
dive operators.  The boat is also a foot or so wider than the other boats,
and these differences allow for a lot of space for divers to spread out
before and after a dive.  There was no tripping over fins or bags.  The
boat also had a roof that allowed divers to store t-shirts and hats.  

Jeremy also uses low pressure steel tanks that really extend everyones
bottom time.  We didnt have a dive less than 60 minutes.  Most dives were
in the 80 to 90 minute range (including Columbia Deep).  Jeremy worked
especially hard to find little critters for our two teenage children.  
Along the way Jeremy found Pike Blennies, Sail Fin Blennies, several pipe
horse fish, juvenile drum fish, and juvenile nudibranches.  But Jeremy was
out done by our daughter who found a juvenile octopus that had tentacles
that only measured an inch long.  

Jeremy worked very hard at improving our younger divers skills and
comfort, and it has paid dividends in their enjoyment of the sport.  Both
now relish the prospect of a night dive, and the chance to find octopus,
squid, lobsters and crabs.   
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