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Dive Review of Don Jose in
Mexico (Western)/La Paz

Don Jose, Oct, 2002,

by ROBERT Bishop, AZ, USA . Report 662.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize, Bonaire, Bahamas, USVI, Florida Keys, Saba, St. Martin, Dry Tortugas, Mexico, Tahiti, California, Northern Marianas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Most dives requested to be less than 60 minutes
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

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

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The trip was an unexpected joy. Half of my dive gear was lost en flight and arrived two days late. The captain modified the itinerary to meet a launch sent out from La Paz ferrying my luggage. I just assumed I would not see my gear until the week was over. They made the extra effort seem like their normal every day service. The visibility was much better than anticipated. The crew was as good as any of the 7 live-aboards I have used. I do fish surveys for REEF and was surprised at the number of fish species encountered. We had two dives with 100+ visibility and 5 to 7 manta rays that stayed between two sea mounts for the entire dive. The Don Jose is a smaller live-aboard, older, but comfortable. The air conditioning was easily controlled in my cabin and worked perfectly. The owner of the Don Jose has worked for years to protect the marine environment around La Paz and that mentality manifests itself with the entire crew. The food was above average. I always can eat seconds and would have enjoyed larger portions.
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