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

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by ROXANN HIRST, WA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6146
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Galapagos, N. Sulawesi, Cocos Island, Dominica, Cozumel, Puget
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No limits, but safety precautions due to strong currents in some areas were
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
We were there during a change in conditions and visibility ranged from 10 -
60 ft. The Sea Lions had were gone to the mating grounds so only a few
non-mating males were in residence. The best photo subjects were hoards of
Green Morays, sometimes up to 6 in a hole. There was also a huge variety of
colorful and unique nudibranchs. It was very hard to guess whether I should
use the macro or wide-angle lens. The dive master did a great job of
finding photo subjects even in the low vis. There were also lots of
opportunities to photograph dolphins and jumping Mobela rays during the
surface intervals and trips to and from the island.

The small dive boat has limited space for cameras, and rinse buckets must
be requested. The trip to and from the dive sites is about 30 min in very
hot weather so some sort of cover to throw over the camera housing is
important. There are no protected accommodations to change a lens, battery,
or memory card so come prepared for 2 dives of over an hour each.

Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The town is charming and relaxing. We had a wonderful time in the slow
paced environment. There are great restaurants, but we didn't see anything
that would classify as a night club. La Mision was a very comfortable place
to stay, and a little upscale from the usual dive hotel with marble floors
and no accommodations for rinsing a camera housing!

Dolphin Dive was a great dive operator for the location. They had great
service and focused on diver safety, comfort, and enjoyment. They take care
of all your equipment with thorough rinses and preparation for the next day
of diving. Once your equipment is on the boat you never need to touch it
again like some of the best liveaboards.

We did book this trip initially though Seattle Scuba School and that turned
out to be a bad choice. Their website had the wrong trip schedule
originally posted so we need to pay extra for additional time in Loreto to
match our airline reservations. Then Seattle scuba bailed out on the trip
and we ended up making our first trip to this location alone without
support from their trip leaders.
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