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Dive Review of Cortez Club/La Concha Beach Resort in
Mexico (Western)/La Paz

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Lori Brown, WA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports)
Report Number 4735
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, Washington, Bonaire, Cozumel, Fiji,
Indonesia, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
65   to 69    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 35    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We were vacationing in Cabo San Lucas and made a two day trip to La Paz for
diving. One of our colleagues rented a fourteen seat van and eleven of us
hit the road for the two and half hour drive to La Paz.  We arrived after
ten oclock on the day of the first dive.  Cortez Club had us sign the
usual disclaimers and then rushed us onto the boat. They had us set up our
own equipment the first time, but after that they took care of it for us.
The dive sites were about a 45 minute boat ride.  The dive master, Daniel,
was a friendly fellow and eager to please.  The boat captain, Nelson, was a
PADI Instructor.  The first dive site was at a ship wreck, the Salvatierra,
which sank in 1976 after hitting the Swanee Reef.  Rumor was that it was
sunk for the insurance money.  The boat propellers were pretty cool looking
and the boat was mostly intact.  It was not possible to penetrate the wreck
 it was reputedly not very sturdy. The second site was the Swanee reef. 
The next day we got an early start and headed out to  Los Islotes.  There
is a colony of sea lions at near the rocky island.  The main colony is
cordoned off, but divers are allowed to dive in the adjacent area.  Two
curious pups came over to watch us as we got in the water.  They followed
us for quite a distance and were dive bombing the diversone diver, well
call her Heather, was a particular target.  A mischievous pup nipped at her
hoses, tugged on her wetsuit zipper, bit madly at her fins, and practically
turned somersaults on her back.  After the dive, when talking to her about
it, it turned out that Heather was unaware that the sea lion was even
there.  One of our group had video of the playful pup and Heather was
amazed to see the little creature's antics, all behind her back. While this
was entertaining, we later heard that a diver on another boat had been
bruised  by an overly enthusiastic sea lion.  On both days, we saw pods of
dolphins as we returned from the dive sites.  The Captain maneuvered the
boat in the pod so that we could enjoy watching them ride the bow. Overall
Cortez Club did a wonderful job.  Only one glitch -- they kept our gear
overnight and said they would wash and hang it for us.  One of our
snorkelers couldn't find her wetsuit in the morning.  Daniel checked on the
boat and told us it wasn't there.  We searched for half an hour and finally
decided to rent a wetsuit and try to track down her wetsuit later.  It
turned out it was on the boat -- it had never been removed and washed. 
There were other issues with some people's equipment ending up in other
diver's bags.  They were, to say the least, a bit disorganized on that
After diving, we went to dinner in La Paz at one of the most delicious
ever.  The restaurant was called Rancho Viejo on Marquez de Leon street. 
They sell roast meat by the kilo and serve tortillas to make tacos. 
Absolutely delicious. 
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