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Dive Review of El Mar Diving Center, Mesa Az./Hacienda Tetakawi Hotel in
Mexico (Western)/San Carlos

July, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Dan Panzica, AZ, US (2 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"San Carlos, Mexico with El Mar Divers"
Report Number 8310 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Sipadan, Palau, Truk Lagoo, Palau, Philippines, Layang Layang, Similans,
Kho Tao/Samui, Kona, Cabo, Catalina, Niagara River, Lake Erie
Closest Airport
Getting There
Bus from Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona

Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
People were allowed to dive their own profile,  while the suggested dive
time of ~60 minutes was not strictly enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
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  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Almost every other guest carried GoPros' while three guests carried higher
end, old-school, housings with strobe light systems.  

The boat had a large work table on the ...
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3 stars
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San Carlos is a quaint beachfront town within the port city of Guaymas in
the northern state of Sonora, Mexico and is approximately half way down the
mainland side of the Gulf of California.   It is a 450 easy driving miles
from Phoenix making it the perfect destination for a long weekend dive

El Mar Diving Center in Mesa, Az. is one of the many local dive shops that
offer weekend dive excursions to San Carlos, Mexico.  Most (El Mar
included) offer self-driving caravan trips.  El Mar is one of the few
offering bus trips.   Traveling by bus was a great way to go for my first
visit to San Carlos.  We departed from the dive shop at 07:30 and arrived
at El Mar Diving Center in San Carlos at 15:30 with a couple of well-timed
stops for lunch and breaks.  The USD $599 cost of the trip included two
days of 2-tank diving, transportation, and 3 nights 
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