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

April, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Halem, CA, US
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Report Number 6065
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Monterey, Hawaii, Grand Cayman, Cancun, Italy, Florida, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
70   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the Divemaster  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
No special facilities.  Captain would hand down camera and recover after
the dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
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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