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

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by J Kelly, MI, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 5834
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Micronesia, Caribbean, Bermuda, Florida, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very little restrictions.  What I call "responsible" diving; are expected to keep track of yourself and your air.  Dive master
very attentive but not "controlling."  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
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):
5 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
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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