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Dive Review of Baja Quest & Baja Expeditions/Los Arcos Cabanas in
Mexico (Western)/La Paz, Baja

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Tina Petersen, NE, USA
Report Number 459
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Honduras, Costa Rica, Florida, Bahamas, Jamaica, & Nebraska!
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
68   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Baja Quest – Caters to Japanese divers.  They had to bring in an
dive master fluent in English to dive with us  - we were the only 2
Americans that week.  Since they only had 5 divers that week they took out
only small boats.  We went to their shop to eat breakfast every morning
– then headed out on a small Panga.  Lunch was packed on the boat
– and often included the captain making a salad from a 1 gallon
jar of unrefrigerated mayonnaise.    We had a different boat all four days
we dove, two of which were rented from the marina or another dive shop. 
Mario, our temp dive master was not impressive.  At El Bajo the current was
whipping and he didn’t go over the anchor line decent with us. 
Luckily I figured it out before I jumped off the boat – I had
never done such a challenging dive before – but we saw 2 hammer
heads off in the distance – only for a second and then they
disappeared.  Swells were 7-9 feet one day in our 20’ panga
– and were were all praying to make it.  Water temp got to you by
3rd dive in a 3mm suit – needed a hood or another suit.  All in
all the diving in La Paz was great – got to play with 3
12’ mantas, loved playing with the sea lions.  Schools of Mexican
Baracudda, bait balls, free swimming morays – wonderful!  Very
little coral but if you want to see big stuff, La Paz is the place to go.  
We wanted to dive a 5th day with Baja Quest – but they said they
had already made other arrangements for the other 2 divers they had signed
up.  Turns out they sent them to Baja Expeditions for the day along with
their Japanese dive master.  Be careful making payment – a check
they received and had to send back to me becuase it was made out to the
wrong person got “lost” in the mail.
Baja Expeditions – Diving on the Rio Rita was great!  Breakfast,
lunch and snacks are cooked fresh in front of you on the boat.  The food
was awesome.  Full cooler to grab a pop between dives and beer after the
3rd dive.  Also served up margaritas and chips with fresh guacamole on the
ride home.  Camera table, gear rinse barrel right on the boat.  The Rio
Rita is a slow boat – but the ride was lots of fun.  Robert and
Alfredo were wonderful dive masters – catered to your skill
level.  We are going back this year to dive with Baja Expeditions again.
Los Arcos Cabanas – rooms were clean, maid service good.  Mini
bar – cheap - $2 beers – always fully restocked the
next day.  Pool was cold – it sat in the shade most of the day 
– but it was quiet.  Restaurant/Bar at Los Arcos was good
– and good prices.  Hotel is perfect location for strolling
through town and walking to restaurant for dinner.
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