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

Living Underwater/Reef Club, Apr, 2003,

by Bob Curtis, WA, US . Report 427.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Puget Sound, Washington, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No deeper than Dive Master nor longer than first person to reach 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Decided to dive with Living Underwater based on Undercurrent reader reports. We weren't disapointed. Weather delayed our anticipated dive schedule but when it improved the owner was very accommodating to the extent that we were able to get in all the dives we had planned. Dive Masters Jeremy and Samantha were superb. They served mostly as guides and critter finders. First dives of the day were the big reefs of Palancar, Columbia, and Santa Rosa Wall, rated 1-3 in Rodales reader ratings. Second daily dives were generally selected by the DMs and contrasted nicely with the first dive. Example would be the Palancar, a butress reef with swim throughs and some critters, for the first dive followed by Yucab Reef, a critter and fish rich reef without swim throughs. Boats were on time always, divemasters effecient, professional and safety conscience.
Four of us stayed in a Junior Suite at the Reef Club. It was a little tight for two couples but doable. Recommend you know your roommates well if you try this. The main bedroom was separable from the rest of the unit and the role away/sitting room. Both areas had their own air conditioners. Only one bath, but it was large. Food was not 5 star but their efforts to supply lots of good food and plenty of variety were 5 star. The recent fire has not seemed to hamper their service level. The staff was very respectful and helpful and worked very hard to meet our special needs. One of our party has serious allergies and the air conditioners seemed lethal to his condition. We notified the staff and a service technician was at work on the units within 2 hours. The only improvement I could recommend would be directed at their premium resaurant which had a set menu. Presentation was above average but food lacked distinctive flavors, as though they were cutting back on spices. After having eaten there two or three times, you basically had it all. The buffet enjoyed a new food theme daily. Reef Club staff worked very hard to provide daily entertainment and activities for children and adults alike. One drawback to location is the isolation. Unless you're willing to pay $30 for a round trip taxi, you're left out of the local San Miguel night life. On the plus side you're really close to the diving. No long boat rides! Had a wonderful time, spectacular diving, and would do it again in a minute.
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