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Dive Review of Sea & Land Eco-Tours in
Mexico (Western)/Loreto - Baja - Sea of Cortez

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Shanna Davidson, AK, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5774
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    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
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
There are no rinse buckets on board and no shore facilities.  This is a
great no-frills operation.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Juve Orozco at Sea & Land Eco-Tours runs a great operation.  They do a
variety of different tours - land and water based - we only dove with them.
 It is a small but well run operation.  The boat is small - accomodating
4-6 divers with the dive master.  There is a dive master on all trips with
good briefings that include safety, dive plan, and expected conditions -
current, surge, etc.  Juve is very knowledgable and experienced diver and
guide.  The captain, Juve's brother Hector, is also very knowledgable and
entertaining.   The atmosphere is very relaxed.  They don yet have a web
site, but their email is and a cell number is 613 11

The typical trip is a two tank boat dive.  You meet the boat at the harbor
with your gear in the morning.  After a short boat ride to one of the
off-shore islands - Coronado, Carmen, or Danzante - you receive a briefing
and take your first dive.  Entry is a backward roll off the boat and return
to the boat means climbing the ladder at the side of the boat.  There are
no rinse buckets on the boat - there is really no room for one - the boat
is small. 

Lunch is included and provided during your surface interval - typically
eaten on the beach.  Lunch is a burrito or sandwich or tamale or upon
request, empenadas - with fruit and granola/fruit bars.  The food was
always very good.  Ice cold drinks - water, soda, and juices - are also
included and available at any time during your trip.

Your second dive is a different location at the same island - briefing,
back-roll, ENJOY, board the boat, and return to the harbor.  When we were
there, we met the boat at 9:00 and returned to the harbor between 2 &
3:30 - depending on which island we went to, how much time we spent on the
beach for lunch, and how much time we spent with the huge pods of dolphins
we encountered on our return to the harbor.

The diving in The Loreto area is very enjoyable in the late summer and fall
when the water tempertures are up. We had one dive with a large group of
sea lions who swam with us for a solid 45 minutes.  The qauntity of fish in
this area is amazing.  We have often been the only two divers on a charter.
 This was our third trip to Loreto for diving and flyfishing.
The town of Loreto is small and most everyone is very friendly and
accomodating.  Good basic food and acomodations are readily available.  At
this time there are not enough flights into Loreto to fill the availble
hotel and cabana space.  Prices are reasonable.  We stayed at Coco Cabanas
a small family run operation a block off the ocean and about a 5 minute
walk to the marina.
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