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Dive Review of Living Underwater/Villablanca Hotel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Sandie Hurst, FL, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4232
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Palau, Sulawesi, Tahiti, Bora Bora,
Moorea, Oman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
0   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth 90'  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
My husband and I had previously been to Cozumel in 1998, 2000 and 2004
(pre-Hurricane Wilma).  The reefs have not yet fully recovered from Wilma's
wrath.  The deeper reefs obviously are recovering faster than the shallower
reefs, and are in relatively good shape.  One of our previous favorite
second dives (Yucab) was apparently so damaged, that divers are still not
being taken there.

We really liked our room at Villablanca Hotel, and would stay there again
next time we go to Cozumel.  We requested a room with a larger refrigerator
and microwave so we could keep food for our own breakfast and lunch
everyday.  The location was great for us.  The dive boat picked us up at
the dock across the street every morning.  We walked (about 2 miles) into
town late every afternoon to walk around town and have dinner, then usually
took a cab back to the hotel (about $ varied per driver).  The
grocery store is about halfway into town.

Our dive operator, Living Underwater, was a well run operation.  They kept
our gear, rinsed it every day and had it ready for us to use the next
morning on the boat.  It is a single boat operation and costs $85 for two
tank dives (w/o nitrox).  The boat is quite large for the maxiumun 8
divers.  One day we had a second boat (a 6 pax, which was leased by Living
Underwater) because there were 8 divers, and 4 wanted to do 3 dives, while
4 of us only wanted to do 2 dives.  The leased boat was smaller, but fine
for 4 divers.  Both boats had a cover for sun protection.  We were picked
up every morning about 7:45 am.  We had our surface interval at a small
beach restaurant every day.  We were back at the dock about 12:45 each day.
 Jeremy, the owner, was our divemaster twice, and we had two other
divemasters the other two days because Jeremy's back was bothering him. 
All three divemasters had a different diving style, and all were attentive
to us divers.  Although Jeremy has a great boat and a well run operation,
he cannot control the type of divers who come aboard.  One day two of the
other divers had equipment issues because they had failed to have their
gear serviced since their last dive three years prior.  This shows the
problem with a single boat operation, in that there will be experienced and
inexperienced divers on the same boat.  We would dive with Living
Underwater next time we go to Cozumel.
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