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Dive Review of Manta Scuba Diving in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo San Lucas

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Paul M Price, GA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5431
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over the world.
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
70   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Had to remain in close proximity to the dive master who had a surface flag
attached to his BC. With signifiant boat traffic overhead I concur with the
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
1 stars   
1 stars    
Since we were on a cruise ship I wanted to avoid the "herd
mentality" of cruise ship diving and decided to conduct some research
utilizing the Chapbook. An UC diver in 2007 gave Manta a pretty decent
review so we booked a one day, two tank, local dive package. Big mistake.
There were four divers and the divemaster. We arrived early at the Manta
Dive Shop and they immediately took care of my rental equipment needs but
left my buddy hanging until we asked for assistance more than once. They
rigged gear but needed prompting to go over the operation of the unfamiliar
BC operation with my novice dive buddy. Boat set up was decent with a
canopy covering, limited storage, bottles of water, no rinse capability,
mandatory roll off the side and a climb back up the ladder. Did not observe
any first aid equipment or O2 but in fairness to them I did not ask either.
DM gave a decent brief with the standard comment to surface at 500 PSI. DM
needed to be prodded to review basic safety procedures. Boat Captain hit a
moored boat at low speed as soon as we got underway so it crossed my mind
to give him a sobriety test or offer to assume Captain duties. Our first
dive was on Pelican Rock which is literally just off the main channel that
runs along the rock formations that all of the harbor traffic utilizes. We
grouped at the anchor line and went down together. Dozens of fishing boats,
sightseeing boats and other dive boats were transiting overhead the entire
dive. I knew surfacing could end up being hazardous to everyone on the
dive. Typical reef fish, several grouper of modest size and star fish.
Visibility is apparently more limited this time of year but the constant
boat traffic contributed to the silty view. Max depth of 70 feet but mostly
spent at 40 to 50 ft. We surfaced directly under our boat whose engine was
not running. This was without a doubt the best way to protect ourselves
from the other boat traffic. Had a safety stop at 20 ft of 5 minutes.
Profile kept us out of the water for 40 minutes and we dove the "North
Wall" about 45 minutes after our first dive. Big disapointment with a
long sloping white sandy bottom to get there and limited marine life. Coral
was in fair shape. We did see a 4-5 ft Manta resting on the bottom at about
35 feet. Once again boat traffic was a problem along with the issue of
other groups of divers in the vicinity and probably 30 snorklers paddling
around on the surface. All in all I would not suggest any level diver sign
up for the local dives with Manta. I take partial responsibility for our
poor experience since I should have asked more questions about destinations
dive sites when I corresponded with them via email. They do offer other
locations that are about a 30 minute ride away and I am confident it would
have been a much better experience. Manta was a so so operation and I would
be cautious in endorsing it to others... 
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