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Dive Review of Blue Adventures/Villa del Arcos in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo San Lucas

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Lori Brown, WA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports)
Report Number 3995
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, Washington, Bonaire, Cozumel, Fiji,
Indonesia (Irian Jaya and Sulawesi), Papua New Guinea, Jamaica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
65   to 67    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits and dive profile were enforced.  Dive guide insisted we stay
with him.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
No facilities for cameras. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
1 stars    
The water was about 65-67°F during the week we were diving, between
April  5 and 9.  We dove on the Sea of Cortez side of the Cabo San Lucas
Rock Formation, (El Arco de Cabo San Lucas). On the way down on our first
dive, we encountered a large jelly fish, about a foot in diameter, with a
glowing purple fringe. The underwater terrain is tumbled, rocky drops
covered with small sea fans and star fish.  There are sandy gullies between
rocks and in one of these areas, we spotted a guitar fish and an eel buried
in a sand patch with its head sticking out. There is a pinch of coral and
huge swarms of fish, mostly snapper and some large sized grouper. We also
saw numerous types of puffer fish, butterfly fish, hawkfish,and
blennies.There were also nudibranchs, including a purple nudibranch with
bright orange spots and a bright yellow colored bubble snail.
 This was possibly the worst dive operation I have ever encountered.  I
contacted the proprietor of the shop in January, 2008 to let him know that
we would be in Cabo with a group of divers in April.  There were between
seven and ten divers in our group for the four days we planned diving.  We
were told to arrive at 8:30 a.m. but when we arrived, one of the two boats
hadnt arrived yet.  We changed into our wetsuits and waited while we were
told repeatedly that it would just be another ten minutes.  The dive shops
manager/owner told me that it was because the boat captain didnt show up. 
We didnt leave until after 10.  They packed six of us on one boat with an
additional diver from outside our group, and the other four onto the other
boat with additional divers. We had asked to be on the same boat so we
could dive as a group. Dont even get me started on the condition of the
boat.  It was crowded, cramped, and the interior of the boat was in a
shabby state.
 The first dive was at North Wall and the second dive was at Pelican
Rock. The dive guide seemed to be interested only in getting us into and
out of the water.  He insisted we all stay with him and then zoomed so fast
that there was hardly time to enjoy the scenery.  I thought that maybe the
dive operation was overwhelmed with the large number in our group (ten) but
was told by the lone diver who had dived with them the day before we
arrived, that they were just as disorganized with three divers on one boat
as with fourteen on two boats.  The next day wasnt any better.  It was the
beginning of daylight savings (spring ahead).  They were an hour late
arriving to open the dive shop and we didn't leave the marina for another
hour.  We went back to the same dive sites again  and they claimed that
the currents were too strong to take us to the other dive sites listed on
their website.  We worked on arranging other diving in La Paz but went
diving with Blue Adventures for one more dayit was the same, late start,
same dive sites, same rushed, rude service.  When we contacted the owner
to refund our money for the last day of diving, he told me that he wouldnt
because we hadnt given him 24 hours notice.  In fact, I had told the dive
guide that we were cancelling since the owner wasnt aroundevidently, that
did not count as notice. 
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