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Dive Review of Living Underwater/Fiesta Americana in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Living Underwater/Fiesta Americana, May, 2004,

by Michael Kamens, OH, USA . Report 1027.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All computer diving. Done with dive master but individualized depending on air consumption. A lot of freedom given to the divers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Had read the reports from previous divers who dove with Jeremy and Living Underwater. There was a lot of high praise. All of it in this case was justified. Jeremy runs a fantastic dive operation. As both owner and dive master, he takes a real interest in satisfying his customers and his service is first rate. Pick up is prompt and gear is handled from the time they first get it from you until you are done diving. Wetsuits are taken nightly and cleaned. Within reason the divers pick the sites they want to dive. Once he knows you are competent, he lets you have more freedom to experience the more advanced and thus more pristine dive sites Cozumel has to offer. I was thrilled to dive Maracaibo as a deco-dive since the best parts of the wall are deep. I was not dissapointed. Devils Throat was also a highlight. There were never more than 6 divers on the boat. Bottom times due to the steel tanks ranged from 60 to 100 minutes. Props also to Pepe, Jeremy's other divemaster who was not only a great critter spotter, but a real riot making the surface time as fun as the dive time. As advertised, towels, snacks and jackets if needed, were provided. We saw over 2 dozen turtles in just 10 dives. They were literally everywhere. Nurse sharks were also seen. Many large stingrays. Several very large grouper as well with one topping out at what had to be 300+ pounds. Fiesta Americana is a nicely run hotel. We did the all inclusive and even though we did dinner in town a couple nights, the AI paid for itself in daily breakfast, lunch and unlimited domestic drinks. The staff was friendly and attentive. The pool and swim up bar very nice. The beach entry was a bit rocky and snorkel entries were a bit tough, but overall a nice beach area with nonmotorized water sports also included. Rooms were sparse, but clean and bright. The food was mainly buffet style, but it was above average and plentiful. Try to be on the 4th floor or higher to get a true ocean view. Not what would be considered luxury, but clean, well kept and a very nice choice for a place to lay your head between dive days. Guido's (formerly Pizza Rolandi), La Choza and El Turix were all very good and highly recommended. La Cocay, closed the month of May, but from last trip there, it shines.
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