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Dive Review of Club Cantamar in
Mexico (Western)/La Paz B.S.C.

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Art, VA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3700
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
East Coast US & FL, Scapa Flow, Scotland, Many Carribbean locations,
Canada - Great Lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
We were very surprised by the large numbers and variety of fish in the La
Paz area.  So many different fish and the colours were great ! The
hammerhead and whale shark dives were alot of work (hard swimming into
current), but well worth the effort.  (Helps to be pretty physically fit
!).  Water temperature, pretty much the same all week at 82F degrees,almost
28C.  3mm for me more than enough (2nd week October)

Nitrox available and custom blends.  I dove 32% all week.  3 dives a day -
$20.00 (USD) a day for the nitrox.  There were choices of using aluminum
80's, HP steel 100's or 120's (extra $$$'s for the bigger tanks).  No
problem using USD there.   

We were disappointed not seeing manta's, but the large number of sea lions,
hammerhead and whale sharks more than made up for that !  There were also
large numbers of eels of different species on most dives and not uncommon
to see 2 or more in the same hole.  One dive I saw 5 green morays in the
same hole !  Sometimes there were so many fish that they got in the way of
the particular fish that you wanted to video !  If you're looking for
corals, you'll be disappointed as there are hardly any.  Mostly rocks.  We
dove 4 different wrecks as well.

The whaleshark encounter was snorkle only.  A small ultralite airplane
spotted them, the boat took you as close as possible and in you went, swim
like crazy with directions being shouted from the boat.  After seeing the
shark, back on the boat and off again.  We were divided into two groups. 
We did this 5 or 6 times.  Hard swim, but amazing encounters !  

The sea lion encounters were out of this world !  Got lots of video of them
playing with us and what great posers ! Out of 15 dives, we saw sea lions
on at least 5 or 6 of the dives. 

The boat crews were excellent and knew the areas we dove well and were able
to give excellent briefings.  One note of caution, make sure your gear is
well secured on the boat !  During the week, 3 different divers (including
myself) lost a fin over board on the boat rides out to the dive sites. 
Boat left around 0830 and returned 1630 - 1730.  Lunch and snacks were
served aboard.  The captain/cook made sure the was a vegetarian lunch for
those so inclined (me and my gf).  I have to mention that the dive master
(Antonio) gave me his fins for the day.

Deciding on which filter to use (video - green or blue water) proved to be
difficult as conditions changed from one site to another), so editing will
need abit of colour correction.  Although, I was happy that I brought both

The hotel was nice and we had a room near the pool.  There are rooms near
the road.  The road at times is somewhat busy with truck traffic and could
be a bit noisy I assume.  The room was clean, but had a couple of issues
that weren't attented to (shower drain needed attention, mainly).  The AC
was great and the room could be as cold as you could stand it !

The food is good, fresh and well prepared.  But the supply dwindles as the
eating periods progress. Breakfast was a somewhat bothersome as there was a
small area where fresh eggs where cooked and that tended to hold up the
progress of others getting their breakfast.  Other than that no other
complaints (oh - they did burn the rice pudding one evening and served it

We were very pleased with our vacation at Club Cantamar.  Would I go again
?  Already planning for the next trip there !  I think though this area for
diving is better suited to the more experienced diver.   Some deeper dives,
strong currents, waiting at the surface for a pickup in choppy water.  The
boat crews are excellent and if you want the DM's are more than happy to go
with you.

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