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Dive Review of AMIGOS DEL MARE in
Mexico (Western)/CABO SAN LUCAS

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by STANLEY COHEN, QUEBEC, CANADA
Report Number 946
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
SOUTH CACOS, EXUMAS, MANY LIVEABOARDS
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
68   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
AS A SOLE DIVER - FOLLOW THE DIVEMASTER BUT COULD GO WHERE I WANTED TO  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
NONE AVAILABLE ON BOAT
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  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
DISEMBARKED FROM "VISION OF THE SEAS CRUISE SHIP". AFTER PASSING
ALL THE PEOPLE SCREAMING AS THEY HAWKED THEIR SERVICES ON THE DOCK, THE
DIVEMASTER FROM "AMIGO DEL MARE" SAW ME CARRYING MY EQUIPMENT AND
POLITELY ASKED, IN A LOW KEYED MANNER, IF I WAS LOOKING TO MAKE A DIVE.
SEEING HIS DEMEANER, AND THE WRITTEN STATED PRICE LIST FOR AMIGOS DEL MARE
ON A BILLBOARD AND IN THE BROCHURE, I ASKED TO DIVE THE "RIVER OF
SAND". I WAS THE ONLY CUSTOMER. WE WENT TO THE DIVE SHOP, RENTED A BC
WITH WEIGHTS ($11), CHANGED MY HOSE FOR ONE THAT FIT (NO CHARGE), SIGNED
THE RELEASE AFTER CHECKING MY C CARD, PAID ($40)FOR THE SINGLE DIVE WHILE
MY WETSUIT WAS CHECKED FOR THICKNESS (I USED A 5 ML WITH HOOD)AND WAS
JUDGED ADEQUATE. THE BOAT DRIVER TRUNDLED DOWN THE TANKS AND EQUIPEMENT TO
THE BOAT WHICH WAS JUST A SHORT WALK TO THE PIER. THE EQUIPMENT WAS HANDLED
BY THE BOAT DRIVER AND DIVEMASTER. ON THE WAY TO THE SIGHT (EL ARCO, 10
MINUTES)THE DIVE BRIEFING WAS THOROUGH WITH A PROPER DIVE PLAN WHICH WAS:
1. SWIM TO THE ANCHOR, 2. MEET AT THE SAND BOTTOM (20 FT.) SWIM AROUND THE
ROCK TO 53 FT., 3. THEN DROP DOWN TO 95 FT WHILE SWIMMING TOWARDS THE SAND
FLOW. 4. AFTER WE WOULD SPIRAL BACK UP SLOWLY GOING AROUND THE ROCK AGAIN
TO DO A SAFETY STOP AT 20 FT., THEN BACK ON BOARD AFTER HANDING WEIGHTS,
B.C. AND FLIPPERS BEFORE GOING UP THE LADDER. THE DIVE WAS INTERESTING WITH
A JUMBLE OF ROCKS WITH CLAMS CLINGING TO THEM AND LOTS OF NOOKS, CRANNIES
AND CREVACES FOR GOODIES TO HIDE IN. THERE WERE SCHOOLS OF FISH FROM
TRUMPET FISH (WEIRD WITH NO CORAL TO EMULATE NEXT TO THE BOULDERS) MOORISH
IDOLS, A CROSS BETWEEN AN ANGEL FISH AND SURGEON FISH, GROUPER, SHARK AND
MANY OTHER SCHOOLS OF LOCAL TROPICALS. THE DIVEMASTER WENT AT MY PACE AND
PUT UP WITH MY INSPECTIONS OF MANY OF THE SPACES BETWEEN THE BOULDERS,
ASCENDING TO CHECK OUT THE "RIVER OF SAND" DESCENDING TO LOOK AT
INTERESTING "STUFF". ON THE WAY BACK WE PASSED BY THE SEA LION
COLONY AND THE POPULAR PLAYA D'AMOUR WHICH FACES BOTH THE PACIFIC AND THE
SEA OF CORTEZ. I WAS TREATED WITH RESPECT AND NOT "MOTHER HENNED"
THE CHECK IN WAS EFFICIENT, THE DIVEMASTER POINTED OUT INTERESTING THINGS.
IT WAS A TERRIFIC DIVE ON A GREAT CRUISE.
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