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Dive Review of Living Underwater/El Presidente in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Living Underwater/El Presidente: "Great hotel, great diving", Apr, 2017,

by David Vickery, NJ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9622.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean hot spots, Caribbean Hide-aways, Central America, Mexico, Fiji, Hawaii, Palau, Australia, PNG, Bikini Atoll, Maldives, Indonesia.
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There Can't get there from the coasts without connections

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions If Jeremy is leading and he has experience with you, you can dive your own profile within safety limits. If it's a substitute DM, he wants you to stay in the group. In our "Money's Worth" comment below, we're referring to the diving. If you stay at the El Presidente the money's worth is up to you.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The boat is a panga with a sun roof. The facilities are a rinse ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Early one morning at Bricks Jeremy Anschel assembled our group on the sandy inner reef. Resting on our knees we waited for the newbies to get sorted out and neutrally buoyant. From the north a nurse shark swam toward us, only inches above the sand, its sinuous tail sweeping s-bends in the 79 degree water. She joined our gang and curiously passed from diver to diver as if looking for handouts. Jeremy waggled his fingers beneath her barbels but she wasnt looking for chin scratches and urgent business elsewhere carried her south and over the reef edge.
We had been lucky these last days of March and seen eagle rays on most morning dives, including a male-female pairing that appeared several times with their bar jack accomplices. Starting a new dive at Casa Blanca we met on the sand then lay prone as the rays munched their way through the sea bottom hunting for mollusks and crustaceans. Unconcerned with our presence they bobbed their heads over the sea bed swimming closer and closer, a treat for the photographers. We would have happily remained with them but a after a few minutes the dive master moved to the wall and we went on with the dive. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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