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Dive Review of Cabo Pulmo Watersports/Playa del Sol in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo Pulmo

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Hansen, CA, US
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Report Number 6323
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, British Columbia, Bonaire, Curacao, Cayman Islands, Fiji,
Palau, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Florida, Hawaii 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must dive with guide (marine park regulations), no gloves, no knives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Boats are small and have no rinse tanks or place to securely hold cameras. 
No dedicated rinse tanks for cameras at the dive shop.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
The diving at Cabo Pulmo is very nice.  We had huge swirling schools of
jacks and other fish.  There were immense groupers hanging about.  We saw
golden groupers every dive.  Eels and rays were common.  There had been
bull sharks in the area, but we didn't see any.  The dive sites are at most
15 minutes away from the boat launching point.  Boats are launched by
pushing them into the water with 4-wheel drive pickups, and are hauled out
by pulling them out with the same pickups.  There is no anchoring allowed
in the marine park, so all dives are drift or live boat dives.  There were
no ladders to get back on the boat;  you hand up your gear, and then you
belly flop over the side.  If you can't get yourself in the boat, the guide
and the driver will drag you in.  Surface intervals between dives are spent

We elected to stay in Los Barriles and make the one hour commute (each way)
by car to Cabo Pulmo.  Most of the electricity in Cabo Pulmo is generated
by solar panels, so air conditioning is generally not available.  The Playa
del Sol hotel in Los Barriles has a beautiful setting and large rooms.  The
hotel is a little worn, but clean and feels more personal than the
neighboring Palmas de Cortez.  Our room was literally steps from the beach.
 Meals were included, but, except for breakfast and lunch, you did not get
to choose your meal.
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