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

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by John E. Keith, UT, US
Contributor   (19 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6802
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Calif, Fla, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No camera bucket on board.  Lots of small critters. Vis was less than
perfect for photos.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
PV Sea Dive is a very good small operation.  They (Sue and Marie) have one
boat and, at present, no real dive shop, although they are planning a
facility for next year.  They limit the number of divers to 8 max, and 4
divers to one DM.  We checked out other dive shops, and most looked like
cattle-boat operations with combined snorkle and dive groups aimed at the
cruise ship crowd.  We had two 2-tank dives - one to the Marietas and one
to the south bay.  On the latter, they had a full boat, and they divided
the divers mostly by experience. Sue and Marie (as well as DM Mark and
Captain Carlos) are very accomodating and helpful, both above and below the
water.  That being said, the visibility was limited. Sue and Marie said
that summer visibilty is much better.   All of our dives were at 45 feet or
less (as much our choice as theirs).  My wife and I saw a number of green
and jewelled eels, as well as lots of puffers and box fish and several
fairly large scorpion fish.  Sue and Mark were good at finding nudibranchs
of various sizes and shapes.  They also were willing to have us dawdle as
we took pictures.  At the end of one dive, my wife, my son, and I had
substantial amounts of air left (the other diver in our group needed to
surface), and we were allowed to continue our dive.  We had our grandkids
(2 and 5) with us on one trip, and PV Sea Dive made a special effort to
accomodate them.  Still, I would not go to Peurto Vallarta for a dive trip.
 But if I were there, I'd choose PV Sea Dive every time. Velas Vallarta is
an all-inclusive timeshare.  The rooms and facilities are nice and very
kid-friendly, and the food is good.  
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