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Dive Review of Club Cantamar in
Mexico (Western)/La Paz

Club Cantamar, Aug, 2007,

by Chuck Pinkham, CA, U.S. ( 1 report). Report 3461.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California, Oregon, Washington, Vancouver, Mexico, Carribean, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 74 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions If they did not know you from previous experience, first dives were with divemasters and maybe after that depending on their comfort level with you.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Crew very helpful with equipment needs. Simple rinse-plastic drum. Limited visibility and strong currents with debris made for difficult photography at times. Several spots had high degree of unattractive algal growth.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This trip was spur of the moment without time to research with hopes of seeing whale sharks,hammerheads, mantas, large pelagics which the Sea of Cortez is known for. Alas, "Lady Luck" was not with me in this department. Sad but true the highlight of the trip was playing with sea lions which was fun but I had done many times before in California's Channel Islands, and exploring a medium sized ship wreck whose Chinese name escapes me. Divemasters ranged from being enrgetic, and fun to dive with to being so overcontrolling to the point it could ruin your dive. The main dive site to look for hammerheads, El Bajo, was promised and scrapped twice with no explanation. As a result this lead to diving the same dive sites repetitively.
Overall, I believe it is a safe dive operation but not a very accomodating or organized one. The front desk made quite a few mistakes and had quite a few upset customers. First time here not knowing what to expect I did not realize the Club is a remote dive hotel- not quite what I would call a resort. It is 45 minutes from town or anything worth exploring but they do take you into town 6:30PM t0 9:30Pm once daily. The Club's backside borders cargo liners and trucks loading/unloading 24/7. Can be pretty noisy. First night my AC did not work even after they tried to fix it and they would not move me to another room. I had to leave the doors open for ventialtion but the noise kept me up most of the night. The next day they fixed it.
As always the people you meet on dive trips usually make the trip worthwhile. There were quite a few diving staff members and divers I met that will help nurture some fond memories. Just the same, with all the negative experiences I would be hard pressed to recommend this operation to anyone.
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