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Dive Review of Amigo del Mar/Villa del Palmar in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo San Lucas

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Drumstas, Ma, USA
Report Number 135
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
St.Maartin,Grand Cayman,Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
70   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
guided dives return with 500psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
no rinse tanks on board any of the boats but care was taken when handling
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Cabo San Lucas is known for its fishing but the diving is a hidden
gem.Amigo del Mar advertised itself as the most comfortable dive boats in
Cabo and they were. They have two tri-marans and a very comfortable pango.
We were fortunate enough to have Julio as a dive guide for the week. If the
creature was there Julio would find it for you. We also got extended dive
times after the others in our group ran low on air and escorted back to the
anchor line. Did not see any  pelagics but we did encounter abundent
life,lots of morays and tropicals. A trip to Carbo Pulma was definitly
worth the trip.Two hours from Carbo San Lucas the last 40 min. on dirt
roads complete with speed bumps! The setting was idellic and captured what
diving on the Baja is all about. The reef has some current but the panga
would just follow our bubbles.One beautiful reef! We also dove the
sandfalls  in Cabo san Lucas where we moored on a sand mound then followed
the mound down to 60-70'. Pretty wild watching these rivers of sand running
between boulders to who knows what depths.Villa del Palmar is a first class
resort with good food and great service.Then there's the shopping and night
life of Cabo San Lucas.Quite a place!The only down side was that we were
hoping to see a whale shark or Mantas but it was not to be. Next time we'll
go in late Sept or Oct and hopefully run into them.
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