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

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Mark A. Magers, CA, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6612
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
68   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
1   to 20    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
There appeared to be a pretty strict 45-50 minute rule, not dictated by
computer or tables  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
We knew we were not in the right season for Cabo Pulmo, and water temp and
viz were as we expected. No misrepresentation there. It was very cold, but
cold is OK is you can see things. The viz was OK (20') on our first dive at
El Bajo, have never seen so many pufferfish in one place, they were as
common as sand. Must have see 100 on the first dive. The schools overall
were big, the fish in the schools big, and we could see very large schools
move past us but just out of visibility range. Looked more like moving rock
formations, large shadows. Can only imagine what it is like in the right
season. We were only divers on the boat.

Because we were at low season, it appeared they were breaking in new dive
masters. So there was a dive where we could not find the site for about 10
minutes. Not a deal killer, and sort of understandable when the viz is 5
feet or so.

The accommodations, we stayed in one of the casitas, it was perfectly nice,
clean, comfortable, quiet (keeping in mind we were off season). If you go
to stay a while, bring in as much of your supplies as you need, this place
is really off the grid, 10 kilometers of washboard dirt road once you leave
the paved road. Have read some reviews about CP Beach Resort that people
were disappointed as it is not "a resort". It is pretty well
known it is off the grid, so I guess it depends on your expectations. We
will be back (in season) and will try other operator(s) and accommodations.
There are a few places to eat, all walking distance.

We did hear from La Paz operators later in the week that CPBR does a decent
amount of day trip trade from Cabo San Lucas, and that drives the 45 minute
dive profiles. Don't know if that is true but we did experience pretty
time-set diving.

One other thing, they give you a wrist band to show you paid the park fee,
it is like ton ones you get at the hospital, and if you take it off you
have to pay for another one. If you are diving elsewhere (like La Paz) you
can leave it on and not pay the fee again. Not a big deal, the fee goes to
support the resource, just an FYI.
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By carole pertofsky in CA, US at Oct 15, 2014 19:10 EST  
When is the low season in which you dived?  thanks, Carole
By mark magers in CA, US at Oct 15, 2014 20:26 EST  
We dived leate April. Expert opinion is Aug -Nov is best, 76-84 degrees F,
40-90 feet viz.

high season to dive in cabo pulmo

And look at UWPhotography result.
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