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Dive Review of Manta Scuba/Tesoro de los cabos in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo san Lucas, Baja

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Glen Kitchens, NM, usa
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4925
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
south pacific; australia; fiji; papua new guinea; all over carribean;
bahamas; costa rica;
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
74   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
divemasters allowed divers to decide restrictions, other than 500 PSI to
start safety stop;  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Most dive trips from Cabo are 5 - 20 minutes, so lack of facilities on boat
wasn't critical, but for longer trips, a dunk tank would be very nice;
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
Never having been to Cabo before, this was a mixed-use trip. We did the
tours, parasailing, etc. Stayed at Tesoro de los Cabos which is right on
the harbor & is newly remodeled. The decks overlook the harbor &
(this is critical) the AC works great! We only did the 'local' dives which
are within 20 minutes from the diveshop. Mostly the diving is typical
eastern Pacific - water temp & visibility can change markedly on the
same dive. My main purpose for diving here was to get sea lion shots, but
the only sea lions we saw were sunning on the rocks at Lands End. 

The best diving turned out to be inside the harbor, just off Land's End at
what they call Pelican Island. Typical of all the locations, from day to
day, the site changed from no current to major current, but there were a
lot of things to see - scorpionfish, moorish idol, bumphead parrotfish, sea
snakes, & all the more common fish - nothing big except the parrotfish.
Due to the vis, best shots were closeups & macro, & there were a
number of nudibranchs to check out. 

The dive operator, which I set up online was Manta Scuba. True to their
website, everyone there speaks English & setting up the trip was very
easy, thanks to Melissa, who handles all their email. From Tesoro, it's an
easy walk to their operation. We had two divemasters, Ivan (local) &
Claudio (Argentina). Both were excellent & were most concerned with
what the divers wanted to see or do. Their pangas are very roomy w/
underseat storage & the most divers we had on a boat was seven. The
boat could have easily handled twice that. Only negative comment is 'no
fresh water for cameras', but our trips were so short it didn't really
matter. I ended up dumping bottled water on my camera gear & nobody
seemed to care. Due to the water temp variations, the dive operator was
advising everyone to rent 7MM wetsuits (probably good advice). Since Costa
Rica was similar, I chose to dive in a 3MM shorty w/ a hood & although
below 40'-0 was pretty cool, I knew that soon enough I'd be back in
80+degree water.

Bottom line, if I was serious about diving here, next time I'd take the
time to set up a trip to Cabo Pulmo where you're more likely to see the big
critters. But the fact is - I don't think I'd go back to 
Cabo to dive - there's plenty other diversions, besides diving. 

Honestly, a trip here is very reasonably priced (as the vendors say,
'almost free') so everyone felt we got our money's worth. Hell, it's
cheaper than Cozumel!
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