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Dive Review of Hurricane Divers/Playa Santa Cruz, Oaxaca in
Mexico (Western)/Huatulco

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Chris Sobin, CO, USA
Report Number 2153
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 61    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
8   to 25    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Minimum surface intervals were observed between dives.  Depth
limits/profiles weren't applicable for the areas that we were diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
I made 5 dives with this outfit from October 24 to October 28.  The guides
knew the area well, and were flexible about dive sites, and quite safety
conscious.  Guides all spoke excellent English (much better than my
mediocre Spanish).  The equipment was all ScubaPro and well maintained. 
Thier boat (Dignity) was scuba designed, has shade available, and was in
the best condition of all of the  dive operators' boats that I saw in Playa
Santa Cruz harbor.  Oxygen equiment was always aboard.  We made one all day
excursion including two dives, a tour of Huatulco's beaches, and a picnic
lunch on the beach.  The food was plenitful and simply outstanding.  A
vegetarian family also joined us on the excursion, and food accomodations
were made for their needs as well.  Drinks (water, soda, and fruit juices)
were always in an iced cooler on all dives, and fresh fruit was provided
for us between dives.  Rays abounded on the sandy bottoms and included
Leopard, Butterfly, Electric, Whiptailled, and Stingrays.  Jewelled, Zebra
and Green morays were fairly numerous.  Our guides also located seahorses,
a sea turtle, an angel shark, conch, spiney lobsters, and hundreds of
tropical fish among healthy white coral heads. The thermocline was quite
pronounced, and wet suits were available if desired.  I'm told that vis is
typically 25-50 ft.  We encountered 8 our first day, and conditions
steadily improved to about 25 by the end of our trip.  Our depths ranged
from 30 to 50 ft, and I was told that deeper dives are around, but the
wildlife is most abundant in the upper waters.  All told, I would highly
recommend Hurricane Divers to anyone visiting the Huatulco area, and I will
dive with them when I return.  
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