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Dive Review of Living Underwater/Park Royal Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dan Fazekas, VA, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 5253
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, British Virgin Islands,
Puerto Rico, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth was suggested for each dive.   
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
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Freshwater tank onboard for exclusive use of camera equipment. Camera
handed to diver after entry, and taken upon return. Knowledgable
divemasters for subjects and techniques.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
We chose Living Underwater/Jeremy Anschel based on Undercurrent reader
reviews, and he sounded ideal for us, as most sites visited require
advanced certification, which weeds out the day-trippers from the cruise
ships that can ruin a dive experience. He did not disappoint. Jeremy met us
at our hotel to pick up our gear. All paperwork and a deposit for first day
of diving was completed prior to our arrival. 
His canopied fastboat, the Jewfish, was at our dock at 8 am for a two tank
dive. The boat has twin 115 hp outboards and gets through the chop very
smoothly. Our gear was already set up by Captain Francisco and mate
Ricardo, and for our entire week, we never had to handle our gear. They
passed out snacks, water and softdrinks during the ride. The boat is
designed perfectly for comfort, stowage, and shelter. Each diver has his
own cubbyhole under his seat, and there are two tanks secured between each
diver to provide maximum room on the seat. Cushions are provided for the
ride. Marine radio and oxygen is on board. No head is on board, but all
surface intervals are at a full service beach where you can purchase food,
drink and use the restroom, palapas and lounge chairs. 
 Jeremy solicited requests on where we wanted to dive or what we wanted to
find. Dive sites included Cardona, Virgin, C 53 Wreck, Paseo Cedral,
Palancar Caves, and Paradise. Most dives began with a sandy bottom, a short
swim to the reef structure or the wall, then lots of time looking under and
around corals for the Cozumel Toadfish. The visibility was clear, the
corals and sponges were healthy, and there were all of the usual varieties
of tropical fish, but plentiful and ranging from juvenile to intermediate
phase to adult. Small critters included pipefish, arrow crab, banded coral
shrimp, and juvenile scorpionfish. Large critters included nurse shark,
turtle, ray, grouper, spotted and green moray eel, Bermuda chub, French
angel, queen angel, parrotfish, and dog snapper. In between were cowfish,
trunkfish, filefish, trumpetfish, drumfish, octopus and toadfish. On most
dives, current was not too strong near the reef, but would increase only
during the ascent to the safety stop.  On our night drift dive, we saw
three octopus, two toadfish, several crab, three spiny lobster, lots of
sleeping surgeonfish, and a ray. After the dive, parkas were handed out for
the short ride to the pier. As we came off the boat onto the dock, Jeremy
handed a Caramel Mocha Java to each diver, talk about service!
Our lodging was Park Royal Cozumel. It is a beautiful property, with its
own beach, pools, restaurants and bars. The staff at Park Royal is very
friendly. The shower had hot water, but it takes several minutes to arrive
after the faucet is turned on. The rooms are modern, clean, and quiet. 
Our first trip to Cozumel was in 1997 and we used Dive House/Fiesta
Americana, which is why we had not returned for 12 years. We are glad we
gave it another chance, and happier still to have dived with Living
Underwater, as we had the best dive experience ever. World class diving
with competent divemasters that allow ultimate enjoyment by advanced
divers, combined with friendly and personal service topside. We will return
a lot sooner next time, like maybe next year!
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