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Dive Review of Dolphin Dive Center in
Mexico (Western)/Loreto

Dolphin Dive Center, Sep, 2008,

by Donald L. Rowe, CA, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 4382.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Galapagos, PNG, Palau, Bali, Revillagegedos, Bahamas, Fiji, Maldives, Red Sea, Martinique, Tahiti, Costa Rica, Cozumel.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nominally, one hour duration but was commonly exceeded.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]Land based dive operation not connected with hotel, so hotel was separate.
Dive ops owner is active diver and is expert in sea life of Sea of Cortez, as is divemaster Rafael. Diving is from Panga sized boats and we never had more that six divers on a boat at any time. Dives were lead by divemaster but divers could do their own thing if they wished.

Sea life in Sea of Cortez at Loreto is abundant. Area is marine reserve and animals reflect protection. Lobsters came out of their holes and touched diver's hands with their horns to see what they were. Damsel fish would play knock a rock off my reef as long as you wanted to stay with them.

Dive shop has excellent layout for cleaning and drying gear between dives.

Had to leave two days early due to tropical storm approaching from Baja, and hated to go.

Will go again next year.
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