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

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Marshall Kirk McKusick, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4399
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Eastern Mexico, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Once you showed compentency you and your buddy could dive on your own.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
My godson Glyn and I spent the second week of July in Peurto Vallarta
diving with Alex and his team at PV Scuba ( 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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