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

Living Underwater/Intercontinental El Presidente, Apr, 2013,

by David Vickery & Suzanne Leeson, NJ, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6958.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving The larger Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Hawaii, Fiji, PNG, Palau, Australia, Indonesia, Maldives, Bikini Atoll.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Due to the current, the swim throughs and his ability at critter finding, we all pretty much stuck with the guide.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools 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 Rinse bucket on boat. Never went to the dive shop so their facilities are unknown. ... 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 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments As the current swept us along Barracuda reef the bottom became mountains, valleys, plateaus and we were flying over them. Jacks over the wall, the brilliant hues of queen angels, we couldn’t stop, impelled by the relentless force of the sea. Most won’t dive here. A few will take advanced divers here and charge extra for the privilege. Jeremy Anschel of Living Underwater will take small groups of qualified divers without extra fees, and with 95 or 120 cubic foot steel tanks in 60 minutes we saw a good piece of the reef. Enough of it so that when we surfaced we were out of sight of land in five foot seas, a conga line of eight, each holding the first stage of the diver in front of them. The crew of the Jew Fish threw a line. Everyone grabbed it; the churning ocean tangled it in fins, hoses and first stages. Estimated later at four knots, the current pulled us away as we dragged ourselves to the boat.

Then the rope snapped.

Proud to say, nobody panicked, although when I realized the reason the boat was getting smaller and smaller was not because we were attached to the world’s longest tag line, I suspect the lady from Utah to whom I was clinging had never heard New Jerseyish spoken so fluently through a mouthpiece. The crew re-tied the line and with the panga heaving in the waves, fished us out. In rescue diving they taught me to climb out with my arms through my fin straps; if I got dumped into the drink I’d be able to put them on and maneuver. That lesson came in handy. Current was with us the en ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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