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Dive Review of Dive Cabo/Norwegian Star Cruise in
Mexico (Western)

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Mickey Fivenson, mi, usa (2 reports)
Report Number 4512
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 55    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
dove profile with dive guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
I had one day cruise stop in Cabo San Lucas on the Norwegian Star (an
excellent cruise line.). Prior Chapbook reports indicated average diving in
Cabo, so I was not expecting two excellent dives. I never book a cruise
ship dive excursion because they are usually geared to the lowest level
diver. I have dived more than 500 dives so I am looking for unique,
advanced dives. I booked directly with Dive Cabo, Ivan, at . Originally, I inquired through email to about five
Cabo 5 Star PADI  dive shops. Ivan was the only one who answered all of my
questions. And he was very prompt with his responses. The shop is
conveniently located only about 5 minutes walk from the cruise ship dock.
My only criticism is the directions indicated to look for a mini-golf,
which is no longer in business. So Ivan needs to update the directions.

The shop was friendly and even gave me bottled water before the dive. Even
though I was the only afternoon diver (there were 8 divers on the morning
dive) on the well-equipped 40 boat everyone was courteous and helpful. I
dove with Divemaster, Ricardo. Dive site was only about 5 or 10 minutes
from the dock. First tank was about 70 feet. Coral was limited, visibility
about 40. Ricardo showed me many eels, lobsters, a few rays, starfish.
Prior dive saw seahorses, but I did not have the pleasure. Limited coral
was evident. The highlight of the dive was a sand fall which I had never
seen. A sand fall is like a water fall, only instead of water cascading
down the slope, sand was in a continuous falling movement starting at about
30 to 70 into a narrow stream about the size of my hand. I could put my
hand in the moving sand as it dropped off the final narrow ledge into
wherever sand falls to. Does it ever run out of sand? 

Second dive was memorable because I dove with seals for the first time. We
anchored near a seal rookery and had the pleasure of continuous barking
during our surface inverval. At about 60, we watched the seals cavorting
gracefully over our heads, just like on TV. Suddenly, Ricardo pointed
behind me. As I turned around, I was pleasantly surprised to find a curious
seal was within 2 feet of my face staring at me as I stared him back. I was
pleasantly surprised at my two dives in Cabo and the gracious care shown me
by Ricardo, Ivan and the boat captain. I normally tip the average 10% to
15% but on this $90 dollar dive (with all gear), I gladly gave a $30 tip
because this operation was exceptional and the experience unforgettable. 
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