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Dive Review of Living Underwater in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Living Underwater, Apr, 2003,

by Lori Brown, MD, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports). Report 590.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Fiji, Indonesia, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Lori Brown, Chris Green, & Justin Brown Green

We dove with Living Underwater while in Cozumel in April during Easter Week. Our Dive Guide, Jeremy, made diving a real pleasure. While on the boat, he didnt let any of the guests lift a finger. He worked hard to get divers ready and to make each dive entertaining and relaxing. Living Underwater is famous for the small number of divers per boat, big tanks, and long dives. On a few days, we were the only divers on the boat. We were never down for less than an hour and a half. This trip we dived with nitrox-36 on all second dives. Its available for just a few dollars more and the added safety is worth it.
This year we saw an astonishing number of turtles. On one dive at Columbia Normal, we saw at least five turtles, some of them so bold that they came within a few feet of divers. We also saw the usual Cozumel denizens such as the splendid toad fish, a spotted scorpion fish, french and grey angel fish by the dozens, schools of grunts, and even a large spotted eagle ray at El Cedral. We also saw a juvenile trunkfish, about the size of a pea, fluttering around under an overhang.
After diving with us and others all morning, Jeremy worked on open water certification with our son in the afternoon. It was a yeomans work but Jeremy did it without complaint and certified our son in the week we were in Cozumel. During his last open water certification dive, Jeremy spotted a seahorse in front of the Hotel Lorena. Not a bad way to learn to dive.
Some restaurants worth visiting are Cocina de Caribe, an excellent seafood restaurant but with rather odd hours it seems to close very early; La Cocay which was pricey but good; El Moro which is always good and sometimes serves a free anisette liqueur after dinner; and Guido's (previously called Pizza Rolandi) which went through some rough times but seems to be making a fabulous comeback. Huge margarita prize is a toss up between Capi Navigante and La Prima.
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