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Dive Review of Manta/Sheraton Hacienda del Mar in
Mexico (Western)

Manta/Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, Apr, 2009,

by Lori Brown, WA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports). Report 4734.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, Washington, Bonaire, Cozumel, Fiji, Indonesia (Irian Jaya and Sulawesi), Jamaica, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 65 to 69 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was our first experience with Manta in Cabo San Lucas. We went diving with them in the area near the Cabo iconic rock formation, El Arco. Our dive guide, Kiki, set up our equipment. The boat ride from the Marina to the dive site was about ten minutes. The sun was hot and the water was refreshing. We dove at two sites the first Pelican Rock and the second, North Wall. The sites were only several hundred feet apart, so quite similar. The terrain is rocky and the coral is patchy coral on rocks. There were many starfish, eels, puffer fish, blennies, and hawkfish. There were swarms of fish, in fact, at Pelican Rock, we were amazed by a moving wall of fish about 30 feet high and just as wide and deep. The water was murky and the shy fish wouldnt let us get close enough to take a good look- still an impressive sight. Between dives, we just cruised around in the boat for a view of the Pacific from the Sea of Cortez. The dive operation, Manta, was good and we were pleased with their service.
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