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Dive Review of SAN DIEGO SHARK DIVING/ANDREA LYNN in
Mexico (Western)

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by TOM LOPATIN, NJ, UNITED STATES
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4456
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
ALMOST EVERYWHERE
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
 
Water Temp
68   to 70    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
CAGE DIVING IN 1 HOUR SESSIONS  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
N/A  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
BRING YOUR CAMERAS AND VIDEO....GREAT WHITE ACTION!!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
FLEW FROM NEWARK TO SAN DIEGO THE DAY BEFORE THE 5-DAY TRIP STARTED. SAN
DIEGO SHARK DIVING STAFF, LED BY PAUL "DOC" ANES MET ALL GUESTS
AT RAMADA INN LTD., 5 MINUTES FROM THE AIRPORT. THE BUS RIDE TO ENSENADA
MEXICO, ON THE NW BAHA OF MEXICO TOOK ABOUT 2 HOURS, WHERE WE BOARDED THE
ANDREA LYNN, A 130 FOOT LIVEABOARD. IT WAS THEN OFF TO GUADALUPE ISLAND, A
20 HOUR, SOMEWHAT CHOPPY CROSSING (TAKE MEDICATION IF YOU'RE SEA SICK
PRONE). WE ARRIVED AT THE ISLAND AT AROUND 10:00AM THE NEXT MORNING AND THE
THREE CAGES WERE LOWERED INTO THE WATER. THE GUESTS WERE ABOUT HALF AND
HALF, CERTIFIED VS. UNCERTIFIED. TWO CAGES WERE SECURED TO THE STERN AND
THE THIRD WAS KEPT ATTACHED TO THE BOOM ON THE STARBOARD STERN, ABOUT 20
FEET AWAY FROM THE OTHER TWO. THIS CAGE HAD DUMP VALVES THAT ALLOWED IT TO
BE LOWERED ABOUT 20 FEET AND WAS LIMITED TO CERTIFIED DIVERS. ALL CAGES HAD
HOOKA AIR LINES DIRECT FROM THE BOAT, WITH THE SUBMERSIBLE CAGE HAVING
BACK-UP SCUBA SYSTEMS IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THAT A SHARK WOULD BITE THROUGH
OR ENTANGLE ITSELF IN THE LINES. THERE WWERE I8 GUESTS AND WE WERE DIVIDED
INTO "A" AND "B" GROUPS, ALTERNATING FOR I HOUR EACH IN
AND OUT OF THE CAGES, WHICH HELD UP TO 4 DIVERS EACH. THE ACTION WAS SLOW
THE FIRST COUPLE ROTATIONS OF THE FIRST DAY, BUT AFTER SOME CHUMMING THE
BIG BOYS (AND GIRLS) STARTED TO COME IN. I ONLY GOT SKUNKED (NO SHARKS)
ONCE, ON THE FIRST DAY AND THE LAST HOUR, FROM 5 TO 6PM. IT WAS NON-STOP
ACTION THE OTHER TWO DAYS, WITH 15 FOOT 3000 LBS ANIMALS GOING AFTER THE
BAIT, (UP TO FOUR AT ONE TIME), WHICH WAS TIED TO 30 FOOT LINES WITH
FLOATS. I SPENT 15 HOURS IN THE CAGES...YOU COULD DOUBLE UP BACK-TO-BACK
CAGE TIME WHEN SOMEONE FROM THE OTHER GROUP OPTED OUT FOR AN HOUR. THESE
ANIMALS ARE SPECTACULAR AND IF WANT TO SEE THEM UP CLOSE AND
PERSONAL...THIS IS THE TRIP TO TAKE. AN ADDED BONUS WAS THAT MARTY
SNYDERMAN, THE WORLD RENOWNED UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER WAS ON BOARD...A
FRIENDLY EXTREMELY HELPFUL EXPERT THAT CAN COUNSEL YOUR PHOTO SKILLS AND
CRITIQUE YOUR SHOTS. DOC AND HIS CREW WERE ALL GREAT PEOPLE AND HE HAS THE
OPERATION DOWN TO A SCIENCE. THE MEXICAN CREW FROM THE BOAT WERE ALSO
SUPERB, WITH FRANKY, THE BAR TENDER A FUNNY AND SUPER FRIENDLY CHAP (OPEN
BAR ON THE BOAT). THE BEST TIME TO GO IS IN THE EARLY PART OF THE SEASON,
WHICH RUNS FROM LATE AUGUST TO EARLY DECEMBER...SEAS GET ROUGHER/COLDER AND
FEWER SHARKS (BUT POTENTIALLY LARGER FEMALES AS I UNDERSTAND). GUADALUPE
ISLAND AND SAN DIEGO SHARK DIVING IS THE WAY TO GO FOR GREAT WHITES IF
YOU'RE FROM THE STATES...A WHOLE LOT CLOSER THAN SOUTH AFRICA! 
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