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

Living Underwater/Villa Escondida: "Jeremy is the best!", Jan, 2015,

by Lisa Jabusch and Steve Nieters, TN, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 8123 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We've dove with Jeremy several times now, and wouldn't think of going with anyone else, when in Cozumel. There is plentiful fresh fruit, pastries/rolls and drinks for between dives, besides stopping at the beach bar for your surface interval. His boat is fast, and he starts earlier than most other operations, to get you to the southern end of the island, where there will be fewer divers, as well as different things to see. He has steel 120 tanks, which allow you to dive for much greater than an hour per dive. This trip we saw a squadron of spotted eagle rays repeatedly come back around to us, when hanging out at Punta Sur. He is also great at pointing out macro life. I was most appreciative on this trip, for the parkas, which really helped on the windy rides back to town.

Villa Escondida is a fantastic, small B&B in town, within walking distance of nearly every great restaurant, the downtown square, and the town pier where Jeremy will pick you up for diving each morning. Magda makes fantastic authentic Yucatan breakfasts, and both she and her husband, David, are very welcoming and friendly hosts, giving advice on things to do, and places to eat. They only have 4 rooms, but each is very roomy, with a king bed, and large walk-in shower, and there are places to hang out your wetsuits to dry overnight. The courtyard is beautiful with lots of plants and open space, and there is a small, beautifully clean pool to relax in, as well as a common room to visit with others, or just keep your drinks/snacks cold in the refrigerator.
Websites Living Underwater   Villa Escondida

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, French Polynesia, Cozumel, Belize, Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Great Barrier Reef, and other Caribbean locations
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions let him know when you were at 700 psi
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 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They have a fresh water tank for cameras to stay in between dives, but this is a small boat, and a land based operation - compared to the Nai'a in Fiji, where I last was diving. It was fine for a small, fast boat and day-dives.
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