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

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by ACD, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4558
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
25   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 25    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
45-50 minute dives. Suggested max depth. No safety stops required.  500psi
or 50 bar to end dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
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
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

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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