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Dive Review of Dolphin Dive Center/Hotel La Pinta in
Mexico (Western)/Loreto (Sea of Cortez)

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Giles, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 3014
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Channel Islands, Bonaire, British Virgins, La Paz, Hawaii, Cozumel, Palau,
Fiji, Roatan, Guanaja, Bahamas, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman, St. Lucia 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving rules were very relaxed.  Divers all began the dive together, but
were allowed to dive own profiles and return to the boat at will.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Diving with Dolphin Divers over a three-day period was a very relaxed and
enjoyable experience.  Owner Bruce Williams doubled as our dive master and
went out of his way to accommodate individual requests and provide both
historical information about the area as well as recommendations concerning
local restaurants. 
The dive shop is relatively new and well maintained.  Dolphin Divers joins
forces with Hotel La Pinta to offer a combination dive/ hotel package.  The
hotel suffered some heavy damage two weeks prior to our arrival at the
hands of tropical storm John, but repair work was in progress during our
Probably the most unique feature about the diving is the black coral which
can be found in abundance about the offshore islands of Coronado and Carmen
in water as shallow as 60fsw.  In addition, the reefs are teeming with a
wide variety of tropical critters inclusive of large groupers, morays,
lobsters, angels, puffers, baracuda, sea lions, etc.  On nearly every
channel crossing enroute to the near-by islands, large schools of dolphins
were sighted.  Diving is done from small boats which accommodated our party
of 6 plus the boat captain and dive master very comfortably.
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