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

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Card, CA, USA
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Report Number 5287
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Southern Cal - Laguna, Catalina, Anacapa, Malibu;  Roatan;  St. Lucia; 
Caymans;  Cozumel;  Bonaire (some are my partner's dives, I am a newby with
around 75 total to my name)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Keep within site of DM or all divers wait and surface in one minute if
can't find missing diver, vice versa  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
My partner and I ventured to Cabo Pulmo to scuba dive and relax, with an
emphasis on relaxation.  We were seeking warm weather coupled with a quiet,
calm environment.  The Resort fit our needs perfectly.  
No, it isnt really a resort.  It is a remote village where you park your
car in a dirt lot, and walk to your housing whether a room or casita.  We
weren't dismayed to arrive at 9:00 p.m. faced with an entirely dark and
silent village (we had been warned by the resort) and successfully found
our way to our casita (with flashlights) unloaded our car and went to bed. 

We had shopped in San Jose for eggs, coffee, cheese, crackers, beer, wine,
and other basics.  We werent deterred by the drive in the dark.  We knew
to watch for cows on the roadway, and we saw plenty!  We ate dinner in La
Ribera on the way, correctly assuming the restaurants in the village would
be closed by the time we arrived.
We loved our Casita, our outdoor shower, our patios both downstairs and
above with views of the mountains and water.  We spent early mornings, and
afternoons on the upstairs viewdeck.  We cooked breakfast in, but ate most
lunches and all dinners out.  Our casita was clean and the kitchen was
fully equipped.  The only negative was it initially had an unpleasant odor
of pest spray.  We requested and were provided a fan to help air it out. 
We also requested a late departure on Thanksgiving since we didnt fly out
until after 6:00 p.m., and the office graciously granted our request at no
The food was relatively simple and delicious at the restaurants, ranging
from the Coral Reef above the Dive Center, to El Caballero, Nancys and the
Beachside Palapa Restaurant/Bar referred to in other reviews as the taco
stand.  The best salad ever was at the Coral Reef, and best fresh
fishhmm tied between Beachside, Nancys and the Coral Reef.  Nancys made
a mean chile relleno with fresh shrimp.
We read books; Steve painted reef fish in the afternoons;  sat on the
beach, and generally just vegged.  We hiked up the canyon one morning, and
took a day to drive the coast up to Los Barriles to check out other fishing
resort areas  Buena Vista and Rancho Leonaro.   We were generally in bed
around 9:00 p.m.  Our casita had solar power but we never ran out of light
when necessary although our bedside lamps wouldnt stay on for long at
night.  We would love to return, and have learned we could rent directly
from some owners for lower rates and/or higher end digs. 
Dive report:
The first morning after breakfast we signed in at the Cabo Pulmo Dive
Center and were off at 10:00 on our first dives of the trip.  We brought
our own equipment, and rented tanks and weights.  We dove three mornings,
two tanks each.  Divemasters were finealthough we preferred the new Center
Director, Rick Harbeckwho took plenty of time pointing out fish and
critters.  DM reviewed dive profile carefully prior to the dive.  On more
than one occasion we were with new or inexperienced divers who needed extra
assistance during the dive  with bouyancy, ear problems, etc. or just a
quick check-out.  DMs were great dealing with all this and very patient. 
Viz was typically around 30 - 40 feet although we understand it is up to
80+ during the warmer season, July through October.  Water temps were
around 80 but decreased slightly near the end of our week.  We wore 4/3
suits and were fine but I got a bit cold the last dive of our week.
The fish we saw were unbelievable.    There is more sheer volume of fish
than weve ever seen anywhere before, virtually all in large schools.  We
saw a couple of Jack bait balls that went on forever.  Hundreds of them! 
Turtles, free swimming green morays, all kinds of puffer fish, (never seen
a yellow one before!) rays and many varieties of brightly colored
tropicals.  Blennies by the dozens.  Crown of Thorn starfish was another
new one on me.
The Cabo Pulmo Dive Shop is also servicing divers driving over from Cabo
San Lucas, who generally dont arrive until after 9:00 a.m.  They are
renting equipment so they take a while to get suited upand if you dont
make an advance reservation to dive you may be prevented from diving which
happened to us one afternoon.  Cabo Pulmo Diver Shop offers morning and
afternoon two-tank dives.  They have three boats, although they had one out
for repairs during our visit.  There are two other dive shops but we did
not dive with them, although we read good reports of them as well.  You are
in panga boats, with no cover, and everyone enters the water at the same
time in a backwards roll.   All the dive sites are close to shore, no more
than 15 minutes out.
We will return!
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