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Dive Review of Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort in
Mexico (Western)/Baja Cabo Pulmo Marine Park

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Peterson, IL, USA
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Report Number 5658
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Coral Sea, PNG, Dominica, Grand Turk, Roatan, Belize, Jamaica,
Maui, Saba, Yap, Cozumel, Florida, Costa Rica pacific, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
"This feels wild," I told my wife.  "It's like we're in the
great outdoors, all to ourselves, unexplored . . . "  And that is
EXACTLY how I'd summarize Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park.  We drove a 6
mile dusty dirt road down from the mountains through the hot desert to
arrive at the sleepy little outpost of Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort.  (Yes, you
can easily use a regular rental car, no need for a 4x4.)  Friendly smiles
greeted us, and the warm service never ended.  After a short "get to
know each other," the dive shop told us "You guys have a lot of
experience, so we're gonna set up your own boat trips, so you can dive
separate from the 10AM day trippers that come here daily from Cabo." 
And they did just that- special accommodation for just my wife and I, and
the couple of others who were regular divers . . . our own boat, our own
private trips.  The water was turning from the normally poorer viz of late
spring, to the beautiful clearness of late summer, sometimes a ton of
microscopic krill or plankton, like a snowstorm, and usually clearing to 40
or more feet.  Thermoclines were abundant, so dress warm!  A few dives were
a bit quiet, but then the underwater topography was always interesting. 
But on many of the dives- I hate to use teenager terminology, but OMG! 
Nearing the end of one 45 min dive, I swam into a swarm, a big swarm, no, a
GIANT swarm of thousands and thousands of 18in+ jacks.  They swirled around
me until it was time to surface, and I have the video to prove it!  Taking
my first breath of surface air, I was exclaiming "Holy Beejeezus! 
That was un-f-ing un-believable!  And I've been to Palau twice!  I've never
seen anything like that!"  On several dives, rays in the 20's to the
100's were jumping high into the air to breach and slap themselves onto the
sea around our boat.  Big schools of mini to major size fish of myriad
kinds on many dives.  Sometimes strong current, sometimes calm, sometimes
quiet, sometimes wild, sometimes cold, sometimes warm, always adventurous. 
One time I saw two other dive boats on the water, but we usually had the
entire sea to ourselves.  Make sure you drive the dirt road to Arballitos
snorkeling area and swim out to the south point- a beautiful shallow coral
garden with mini-schools to mimic the major-schools out in the open water. 
Our primary dive guide, instructor Amanda, worked her skinny butt off to
make every dive enjoyable, and she was every single interaction a bundle of
smiles and laughter and hard work and professionalism, always helping and
aiming to please- just like all of her colleagues.  The resort and
restaurant staff were also super kind and helpful- good people everywhere. 
Bring cash or pesos!  Only one restaurant takes credit cards, and the other
3 don't.  Beautiful rugged natural beach for day walks or night time
incredibly starry skies.  This is a wonderfully unique location, very
remote, very calming, very zen- just make sure you check the viz conditions
for the time of year you'll visit, and be patient with your dives- it's
wild and unpredictable, but you'll hit the big marine life so many times,
that you are guaranteed to have unique memories that will last for a
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By 15bigfoo at Dec 25, 2012 12:07 EST  
when were you there? time of year?
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