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

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck Pinkham, CA, U.S. (1 report)
Report Number 3461
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Oregon, Washington, Vancouver, Mexico, Carribean, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
74   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
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
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