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

Club Cantamar, Oct, 2007,

by Art, VA, USA ( 1 report). Report 3700.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 filters.

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 anyway)

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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