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Dive Review of Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort/N/A in
Mexico (Western)/Baja

Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort/N/A, Aug, 2008,

by David Vickery & Suzanne Leeson, NJ, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4362.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Caymans, USVI, Bahamas, Central America, Monterey, Fiji, Yap, Palau, PNG, Maldives, Australia, Bikini, Hawaii.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Experienced divers can usually dive their own profile, though it varied depending on the DM. No deco, 15 foot safety stop, 500 psi back on boat.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No rinse tanks on boat. Cameras and gear in general get banged around on the boat.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Cabo Pulmo is an hour and half out of San Jose del Cabo, north on Rt. 1. The last 5 miles or so is a dirt road leading to the village, population 113. All the guide books say that you dont need a 4WD vehicle to drive the back roads of Baja unless there has been a recent rain. However, the coast road along the ocean back to San Jose del Cabo is one of the premier drives in Baja, but if you take a compact 2WD car over that road you are taking your chances. The only worse road weve driven is the Australian outback. We drove up to La Paz one afternoon on Rt. 1. and while we were gone a thunderstorm came through the Cabo Pulmo area and washed away the paved asphalt road. If we didnt have a 4WD we would not have made it back to the hotel that night. Be advised.

The resort itself is basic. Our $89/night casita had A/C but when the generator shuts down at 10 PM so does the A/C. During our August trip this made sleeping problematic. Maid service is by request and costs $10 per visit. The rooms have a small kitchen, and we advise going to the Sorianos market in San Jose del Cabo (7 lights south on Rt.1 from the Alamo rental shop, then left) and buying snacks, drinks, coffee, peanut butter, and whatever else you think you think you will need when a) No breakfast is available, b) You get back from the AM dives too late to partake of the lunch that is included in the package before you leave for the PM dives, or c) You think of hitting the ocean in a 25 panga after the deep fried burritos and realize that the better part of valor is discretion. Remember that the refrigerator shuts down at 10 PM too, giving new meaning to Green Eggs & Ham.

The water at the resort is OK, but we brought our own. Later in the trip when I took the gold medal in the Seven Yard Dash it turned out to be the fruit at our $700/day resort.

Each casita has a small patio with hammock which comes in handy because the AM two-tank dive doesnt leave until 10:00. Repeat divers will have their gear set up and waiting. But they do a lot of day-trip business out of Cabo, and there is the usual chaos of outfitting these guys with gear and getting them in the boats. My computer frequently showed water entry times of 10:20 10:45. Afternoon two-tank dives left at 2:00 and did not return until 5:00. The boats are pushed into the sea by a pickup and occasionally, by divers. Then you get in and gear up; when we had 9 divers, 2 DMs and the captain, there was a lot of banging around and the sea was flat. Entry is via a backward roll, then head count and group descent. To exit you hand up your weights and BC and wait in the water while the crew changes it to a fresh tank. Then you ascend via the worlds shortest and narrowest ladder for a 30 minute SIT. Tap water is provided. Nitrox is not, but we never went deeper than 65

The resort did try to separate our group from the day-trippers whenever possible, giving us a separate boat. The DMs were very friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

On our last day the forecast showed Tropical Storm Julio approaching the peninsula and the resort scheduled the guerrilla divers to a 7 AM trip so we could have flat seas before the wind picked up.

The restaurant choices for dinner include Nancys where the food is upscale and carries mainland prices for dishes such as scallop ceviche and lobster enchiladas. The Coral Reef restaurant above the dive shop has a typical Mexican menu for lunch. Dinner is coconut shrimp or calamari for apps, baked fish, steak, enchiladas, pork chops, etc. La Palapa tacqueria is only open for lunch. Los Caballeros had 6 dishes for lunch and dinner, including Mexican fare, fresh lobster, carne asado, etc.

If this makes you think you dont wanna go, be advised that once you get beyond all of this you will experience the most amazing diving within a short plane trip of the US. Period.

Leaping mobula rays. Four-to-five foot groupers. A bait ball of over 1,000 jacks on one 40 foot dive blotted out the sun. Schools of 100 porcupine pufferfish. A bait ball of 50 yellow cow-nose rays. More free swimming green morays on one dive than in our other 600+ dives combined. Rare zebra morays. Sea horses, immense scorpion fish, huge schools of grunts and wrasse, octopi, squid, moon jellies, and more. This is the most life we have seen underwater outside of PNG. As far as the big guys go, the whale sharks were, of course, seen the week before we got there. There was one tiger shark seen. At Esperanza, the dive was not much until the end when two 6-7 female bull sharks crossed in front of us and came around several times to check us out. We went back two days later and they were still there, and had been joined by a 10 male.

Yes, we would go back.
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