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

Club Cantamar, Dec, 2008,

by ACD, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 4558.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, GBR, Sardinia, Corsica, Mexico, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 25 to 26 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 45-50 minute dives. Suggested max depth. No safety stops required. 500psi or 50 bar to end dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales > 2
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 1 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 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The first morning of diving we were not even greeted with a "Hello". They seemed to be unaware that we had booked a two day diving package. We had to ask about everything. We were made to feel as unwelcome as could be. The divemasters, Fabricio and Chucho, did as little as they possibly could to be helpful in any way.

Fortunately, the diving made up for the crew's attitude. Diving with the sea lions was phenomenal. They tugged at fins, proded you with their noses and were curious about everything. El Bajo lived up to it's reputation with strong currents, but the reward of 250 schooling Hammerheads...an amazing sight.

While the divemasters were lackluster about their jobs, the captain of the Siempre Si was fantastic. Very helpful with cameras and helping divers back on board. He even prepared the Mexican lunches! Always willing to redirect the boat to see whales surfacing, dolphins riding the wake and even to see an occasional turtle, he made up for the poor service of the divemasters.

Boat was comfortable with 12 divers, but would have been too crowded with more (they say they take up to 25 divers).

Accommodations at Club Cantamar were weathered with use, but the rooms and bedding were clean.

I would definitely dive La Paz again, but choose another dive operator with more enthusiastic, safe and helpful staff.
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