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

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Curtis, WA, US
Report Number 427
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Puget Sound, Washington, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deeper than Dive Master nor longer than first person to reach 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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