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

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by David Vickery & Suzanne Leeson, NJ, USA
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Report Number 4362
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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

Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
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  
No rinse tanks on boat. Cameras and gear in general get banged around on
the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
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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