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Dive Review of Manta Scuba Diving/Cruise Ship in
Mexico (Western)/Los Cabos

Manta Scuba Diving/Cruise Ship, Apr, 2011,

by Robert Halem, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports). Report 6065.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Monterey, Hawaii, Grand Cayman, Cancun, Italy, Florida, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 70 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the Divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No special facilities. Captain would hand down camera and recover after the dive.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I have been diving for several years, but I was diving with my daughter-in-law who was just certified. We were on a cruise ship, in Cabo for the day, and her only previous dives post certification had been two days before when the ship was in Puerto Vallarta. Other than myself, she was the most experienced diver on the boat since the other four divers had completed their certifications just the day before. The DM was well aware of the level of experience since he had been involved in their classes and we informed him of the kind of experience we were looking for. The first dive was at a location called Pelican Rock. It fit the needs of all the divers well. A back roll entry followed by a decent following the anchor to about 35 feet and then a swim down the slope to a maximum of 71 feet. Some interesting fish, a few eels and a small sand fall made for an interesting dive. A proper safety stop and everyone was back on board for a short boat ride and tour of the tip of Los Cabos, the very end of the land. After our surface interval, the next dive was to be at Los Cabos. Here the currents from the Pacific flow around the corner and meet the waters of the Sea of Cortez. There was enough current that the boat's anchor wouldn't hold and kept dragging through the rocks and the corals that covered them causing significant damage to the fragile bottom. Once every one was down, the DM conducted a short tour of the area in very significant surge. Fewer creatures than we had seen at Pelican Rock and only the appearance of a sea lion and a small ray made the dive interesting. The biggest issue was the current and surge. This was no place for beginners! I kept an eye (and often a hand) on my daughter-in-law and we had a pretty good time. The other newbies were bounced around a lot, frequently crashing into each other and sometimes us. Since the anchor wouldn't hold, the newbies were expected to do a drifting safety stop and board a live drifting boat. No provisions were made for making sure the divers carried safety sausages. In summary, I enjoyed the diving in Cabo but felt the Manta operation was unsafe for new divers and thus would never go back.
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