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

Manta Scuba Diving, Apr, 2010,

by Paul M Price, GA, US ( 1 report). Report 5431.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the world.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 70 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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 requirement.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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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