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Dive Review of Narval in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

September, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Downey, PA, US
Top Contributor   (39 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
"Sea of Cortez aboard the Narval"
Report Number 8376
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Caribbean, Cocos, Socorro, Tahiti, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Micronesia, Galapagos, Cayman Islands, etc.
Closest Airport
Lareto, Mexico
Getting There
Alaska Airlines from LAX

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
50-60 minute dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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No camera rinse on the skiffs. Smallish tank on the boat. Small camera
table that had ev ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Value for $$
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4 stars   
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Eight of us joined Big Fish Expeditions trip to the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of
California) in September. It was a blast, but also a different type of dive
trip than usual.

We overnighted in Los Angeles, then flew Alaska Airlines to Loreto, Mexico,
part way down the Gulf of Mexico; we enjoyed walking around in spite of the
heat and humidity. When needed, we took sanctuary at our hotel, Posada del
Cortes, a small boutique hotel which had great AC. The hotel almost had hot
water, but we didnt miss it. We ate at a couple different restaurants, all
with friendly staff and good, inexpensive food.

The Narval, our home for the next week, motored up from La Paz to pick us
up, as we would be heading even farther north. The boat hadnt seen action
in four or five years, so it was a bit rough around the edges. The
below-deck cabins were tiny, with bi-fold doors on the bathroom and
changing space for one person at a time. We started calling the bunk beds
bear caves because the bottom two thirds wa ...
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