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Dive Review of PV Scuba in
Mexico (Western)/Peurto Vallarta

PV Scuba, Jul, 2008,

by Marshall Kirk McKusick, CA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4399.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, Eastern Mexico, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Once you showed compentency you and your buddy could dive on your own.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A covered fresh-water bucket was provided for cameras and was carefully watched to make sure that it did not get used for any other purpose. Crew was attentive to handing out cameras at start of dive and collecting them at the end and putting them directly into the camera bucket.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My godson Glyn and I spent the second week of July in Peurto Vallarta diving with Alex and his team at PV Scuba (PVScuba.com). Unlike most of the other dive operators who seem to rotate among just three dive sites, Alex was willing to take us to some of the more distant and challenging dive sites once he had ascertained that we were experienced enough divers to handle them. So, we ended up diving Potrenrillo and Torecilla at El Chimo, La Pared and La Montana at Las Mariates, Caletillas and Colimilla at Las Majahuitas, El Canyon del Diablo and El Bajo del Christo at Los Arcos, two magnificent dives at La Corbeteña, as well as El Morro, Los Anegados, Punta de Mismoloya, and Pared Sur.

The dive boat is fast which meant we could get leisurely starts at 9AM and still get to most dive sites before the other big dive boats that had left considerably earlier. You do not have all the comforts of the bigger boats, but the tradeoff is that you have a small group of divers as opposed to a mob scene of divers, snorkellers, and folks apparently along just to drink and gawk.

Our captain Moses operated the boat with great skill. Our divemaster Ramses knew all of the dive sites very well and provided excellent guidance, yet let us control our pace and was happy to let us go off on our own when we wanted to do so. There was a strong emphasis on safe diving practices at all times without being overbearing or in-your-face about it.

July is in the middle of the rainy season in Peurto Vallarta which means that it rains for about an hour late in the afternoon on most days. But this means that the air temperature remains moderate and the water is much warmer and clearer than in the winter months. So on balance, I recommend diving in Peurto Vallarta in summer.

In many places that we go to dive, we find that the different dive sites are quite similar and your memory of them blurs together after a while. The dive sites at Peurto Vallarta are dramatically different. One day you will be diving around rocks rising up from the ocean floor, the next day you will be diving along a wall that drops off seeming to infinity below, and the day after that you will be out in the ocean exploring a craggy volcanic rock with swim-throughs surrounded by huge fish and sea turtles. In short we felt that we had a real find in both the dive sites that Peurto Vallarta has to offer and the team at PVScuba.

If you are interested in more details of our dives, we have put up our journal entries at:

www DOT mckusick DOT com/~mckusick/PeurtoVallarta
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