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Dive Review of Living Underwater/n/a in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Living Underwater/n/a, Apr, 2006,

by Lori Brown, Justin Brown Green, WA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports). Report 2886.

No photos available at this time

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 Cozumel is still recovering from Hurricane Wilma and it was a bit of a frightful sight. There was rubble from the storm everywhere. Most establishments in Punta Langosta were still closed and many of the stores along the main drag were under repair. We went down over spring break for some diving. We have been diving with Jeremy for years but we had never been on a dive like this before. Jeremy calls it The Turtle Dive, and it is aptly named. The dive site is about a 30-40 minute ride from the marina (La Caleta) close to the shore of the mainland. This was a flat patchy coral area with fairly high currents. As we prepared to get in the water, we saw two turtles coming up for a breath. But this was nothing compared with the hordes of turtles we saw on this dive. There were turtles everywhere we looked. As soon as we passed a group of turtles, another group of turtles would appear off in the distance. Sometimes we could spot them from a great distance because there was a cloud of fish above them. In all the years we have been diving in Cozumel, we have never saw so many turtles. The second dive was near X-Caret. It was a pleasant dive with plenty of overhangs and big schools of grunts and silver fish hiding beneath. Jeremy mentioned that he planned to start doing more diving on the east coast of Cozumel. I think this decision was in part because of the damage to the reef on the west side from Hurricane Wilma. There is a definite need for the reefs around Cozumel to get some rest and relaxation to recuperate from the savage storm. But regardless of what the reason is, its hard to get someone to take you to the east side which I think is not very well explored.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving California, Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, Washington, Bonaire, Fiji, Indonesia (Irian Jaya, Sulawesi), Jamaica, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dove until we reached 500 psi - shallow dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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]
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