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Dive Review of Chico's Dive Center in
Mexico (Western)/Puerto Vallarta

July, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Thomas R. Chase, KY, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 3426
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Cozumel, Hawaii, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, North
Carolina, California, Florida, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Lake Superior
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return with 1,000 psi and out of water at 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Not geared toward photographers
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
My daughter and I booked our trips through Chicos web site.  We went to
Marietas Island which is known for large pelagics.  Unfortunately the
visibility was poor due to heavy rainfall.  The water was also fairly cold
(72 F below the thermocline).  The next day we did a combined snorkel/dive
trip with my other daughter and wife (non-divers) to Majahuita.  That was a
very nice trip.  The only drawback is the boat is very slow.

Our last dive was a night dive at Los Arcos.  It was excellent.  The
visibility was not great, but the abundant life was stunning.  I have never
seen so many eels in numbers or variety.  They also had schools of puffer
fish.  My daughter saw a couple of seahorses at the end of the dive.

The staff were outstanding and did everything they could to accommodate us.
 Especially helpful were the staff from the shop at Barcelo Resort (where
the night dive departs).  The conditions werent the best, but the staff
and service were great.  I would highly recommend Chicos if you are diving
in the Puerto Vallarta area.
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