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

PV Scuba/Melia Hotel, Apr, 2009,

by Rick Bates, ON, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4724.

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

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 64 to 70 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Must follow the DM. Time/depth based on experience declared.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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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