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

Sea & Land Eco-Tours, Oct, 2010,

by Shanna Davidson, AK, US ( 2 reports). Report 5774.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 kumade4hotmail.com and a cell number is 613 11 47294.

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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