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

Living Underwater/Coral Reef Inn, Nov, 2008,

by Steve M Dussault, NH, United States (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4523.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving US, Belize, Bonaire, Costa Rica, Curacao, Nicaragua, Mexico, Fiji, Micronesia, New Zealand, Thailand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We selected Living Underwater because of the positive reviews on Undercurrent, the fast boat, and the large cylinders. I was looking for an operation that let the experienced divers enjoy the bottom time. It was a little confusing working with the booking agent (Melissa) on determining where we could be picked up. To Jeremy's credit he called me from Cozumel to clear up the confusion. Jeremy runs a first class operation.

On the first day of diving we met Living Underwater at Caleta Harbor at 7:30 AM as scheduled. Only problem we were not aware that Mexico's daylight savings time changes is a week earlier than the US and we were not aware of the time change so we arrived an hour early - better to be early than late! Jeremy has you fill out all the paperwork and FAX it to him before arriving so there is no paperwork needed (or surprises) to be filled out.

We did two dives with a LP Steel 120 cylinders that provided enough gas for a 80 minute dives, so lots of bottom time. Snacks were provided during the surface interval.

For the next 3 days the port was closed due to strong northerly winds. When the winds come out of the north the seas pick up and the harbor master does not allow any dive boats out. This was the first we had heard of this, but research afterwards found the north winds to be common in the winter months. If diving on a package tour you may want to understand what the refund policy is if the port is closed. We explored the option of diving on the otherside of the island (no wind) but initally the price was $150 for a 2 tank dive and the price dropped as the days went on.

The Coral Reef Inn is a small B&B where there is a common cooking area on the 3rd floor. The B&B is walking distance to town with grocery stores near buy. Jerry the owner is very helpful and has a good list of local restaurants to visit.

Cozumel has grown alot in the last 9 years since we last visited. It used to be a small town with enough services to be enjoyable. Now with all cruise ships visiting downtown has become a tourist nightmare as you walk down the street being accosted by vendors. The reefs have taken their tolls from the huricane and the explosive growth. I learned from this trip is not to go to desitnations where there is crusie ships.
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