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Dive Review of Living Underwater/Villa Escondida B&B in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Living Underwater/Villa Escondida B&B, Jul, 2012,

by Lisa Jabusch and Steve Nieters, TN, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6641.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Barrier Reef, Tahiti (Rangiroa), Belize, Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Venezuela (Los Rocas)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive your computer
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 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments A fairly small freshwater bucket for between dives, but they were always very careful with the cameras.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We dove with this company last fall, but had a less than stellar experience, and were disappointed because we'd read such great things about Jeremy. We gave them another chance, and now we know why everyone raves about Jeremy! He's very safety conscious, as well as ensures that you see neat things, both big and small. He's friendly, funny and you can tell that he's well respected in the diving/boating community there. Diving with his steel tanks, you always get more than an hour in the water, and one dive this trip was 1:45!! His concierge style of dive operation means that he comes to your hotel or house and picks up your gear, or you give it to him the first day and you never have to do anything with it the rest of the week. They change out tanks between dives, provide fresh fruit and drinks, then drop you off at a pier near where you're staying, and then take your gear back and rinse it out each day before putting it on fresh tanks. The dive group decides where they want to go each day. LOVED the easy life!

Villa Escondida B&B in town is simply fantastic! Magda and David, the hosts, are so friendly, and have great recommendations for restaurants (and most are easy walking distance from their place). The breakfasts are super filling, and Magda is a consummate chef! Her Yucatan specialities are so delicious and unlike anything you'd get in a restaurant. She served breakfast early for us each day that we dove, and this was very appreciated. We then walked about 2 blocks to the pier where Jeremy picked us up. The B&B has large and very clean rooms, along with huge showers, and a gorgeous blue tiled pool in the courtyard that was always so cool and refreshing.
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