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Dive Review of Deep Blue/Casa Dorado in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo San Lucas

Deep Blue/Casa Dorado, Oct, 2010,

by J Kelly, MI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 5834.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Micronesia, Caribbean, Bermuda, Florida, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very little restrictions. What I call "responsible" diving; i.e.you are expected to keep track of yourself and your air. Dive master very attentive but not "controlling."
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Didn't bring photo equipment for this trip. They had a dedicated camera bucket on the boat.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Having dived in Puerto Vallarta in 2006, I was not expecting to be awed by diving in Cabo. I expected brownish water, moderately interesting fish life and more rock than coral. All I can say is that I was completely surprised by the diving in Cabo. It was much better than I had anticipated. Much of the credit for this has to be given to Cabo Deep Blue. They are an excellent, friendly facility located in the Marina in Cabo San Lucas. Oscar, the owner of the shop, is a very friendly man who tries to do everything in his power to assure you a good experience. Divemaster Gary (a Brit) was just fantastic and Juan, the boat captain, was a great guy. But they can't create the dive sites (!) and they are excellent. Due to the warmth of the water for this time of year (80+), the sharks were not coming out so we dove out in the bay near the arch and the rocks at the point. We descended to 100, 110, 120 and then all the way to 132 feet through some rock canyons that were fascinating to see. Very apparent thermoclines complete with the visual "waves" where the warmer water meets the cold. Very cool. Interesting puffers, eels and overall different fish life than Caribbean. Very cool sponges and soft coral life. Nice wreck of a small tug right at the point where the Pacific meets the Sea Of Cortez. We also dove on the wall where the "sand falls" comes down. I had heard of this before but it is really cool to see. You put your hands into the sand falling down and they immediately fill with sand and drop down with the weight. Very unique experience.

Boat rides to the sites too less than 15 minutes and the boats returned to the docks between dives.

All in all, an excellent trip -- as much because of the diving as for anything else. (Watch out for the wine prices!)

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