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Dive Review of Living Underwater/Secrets Aura Resort in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Living Underwater/Secrets Aura Resort: "Excellent Diving with Living Underwater", Dec, 2016,

by Steve Thomas, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9427 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments First the resort. We stayed at the Secrets Aura, which is about a 30 minute van ride south of the airport. The resort is all inclusive and had a good pier for the dive boats. The staff was excellent but the resort is getting a little worn and could us some updating. Food was good and the resort had a nice beach.
We planned to dive with Living Underwater for six days but they were unavailable the first day so we dove with the resort dive shop, Dive House. Dive House runs typical resort dives with many divers per boat, we had 12, and timed dives, ours averaged about 50-55 minutes. There were two dive guides in the water so those running low on air could go up with one dive guide while the remainder could stay down longer.
After the first day, we dove with Living Underwater for the remaining 5 days of our trip. Living Underwater is operated by Jeremy Anchel and he picked us up at 8AM at our resort pier. His boat, the Jewfish, is a smaller fast boat that can take up to 8 divers, although there were only 2 to 4 divers each day during our stay. Leaving early on a fast boat got us to some of the southern dive sites before the crowds arrived. Jeremy uses 120 cuft steel tanks that allowed us bottom times averaging 75 to 90 minutes using 32% nitrox. Jeremy and his boat crew, Ricardo and Luis, run a clean, safe and very enjoyable operation. After dives we were served fruit, muffins and water on the boat. Surface intervals between dives were at Paradise Beach where additional food and drinks can be purchased. Living Underwater was the best dive operation I have been with in 7 trips to Cozumel and is now my dive operation of choice when I go back.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cabo, Florida, Palau, Bonaire, Bahamas, Australia, Curacao, Hawaii, North Carolina, Cayman Islands
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There We flew Denver to Houston to Cozumel on United. No flight problems.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77-81°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We followed Jeremy on the dive but were allowed the freedom to dive slightly shallower or deeper to check things out. We used 32% nitrox so were depth limited by the MOD. Dives were terminated when the first diver reached 700 PSI, but that was always over 75 minutes and often at 90 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The dive boat had a fairly large dedicated rinse tank but no bench or counter for working on cameras.
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