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Dive Review of PV Scuba/Melia Hotel in
Mexico (Western)/Puerto Vallarta

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Bates, ON, Canada
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 4724
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Northern Australia, Southern Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, British
Columbia, Great Lakes, Cozumel, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire,
Curacao, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
64   to 70    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must follow the DM. Time/depth based on experience declared.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No rinse bucket on the boat, although one was requested and promised.  Boat
crew happy to hand down camera after entry etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
1 stars   
1 stars    
Alex, the owner was great to deal with before hand via emails, and later on
arrival.  Good operation, boat was nice.   Rental equipment appeared to be
in good condition and well maintained.  I would give much praise to this
operation, but I was very disappointed with the actual diving. The DM's and
boat crew were professional, courteous, and helpful.  

Although I was warned, it was much colder than I had expected, and a 5mm
suit w/o a hood was inadequate. I am used to using a dry suit in waters
this cold!  However, in the shallows, where all the fish were, it was much
warmer, but the DM kept leading us deeper because that was where he wanted
to go.  There was absolutely nothing to look at beyond 40 feet, yet thats
where we went because I was in the "advanced" group.  For the
second dive, I asked to stay shallower (and warmer) to see some of the
fish, but the DM lead us down to 70 feet anyways!

Some tropical fish and lots of small rays and eels to look at.  First time
I have seen puffer fish in huge schools too!

Bottom line, the operation is very good; however I cannot recommend the
diving. Very little to see, and not very comfortable!
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