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Dive Review of Silent World Divers/Cruise Ship in
Mexico (Western)/Puerto Vallarta

April, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Halem, CA, US
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Report Number 6044
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Florida, Italy, Mexico, Monterey
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
68   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
25   to 30    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Since I was diving with a very new diver, we stayed with the Divemaster.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
No special facilities, but cameras were handled with care.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
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
4 stars    
Comments  
Since were were visiting Puerto Vallarta on a cruise ship, the dive had to
fit within the arrival/departure times of the voyage.  I contacted several
places in Puerto Vallarta by email to check on whether their dive trips fit
the right window.  Rodolfo at Silent World Divers was willing to arrange
the dive schedule to fit our needs as long as we had at least two divers. 
We did.  I have been diving for several years, but this would be the first
post-certification dives for my daughter-in-law who just completed her
training in Hawaii in January.  I asked for a location that would be
suitable for her, but interesting for me.  Rodolfo suggest a site called
Los Arcos and it was perfect.  I was given very precise instructions where
to meet and specific directions for the taxi.  A short ride from the cruise
ship dock ($8) we arrived at a hotel where the doorman took our bags and
carried them to the read where the boat was docked.  Rodolfo did an
excellent pre departure briefing and we had a smooth ride for about 20
minutes.  I was a bit concerned when we arrived at the site and it seemed
that every snorkel cattle boat was there, and yes there were hundreds of
bodies in the water, but as soon as we descended, there was on one else. 
Rodolpho did a very complete briefing and we submerged and followed him. 
He did a good job in fair visibility of pointing out both interesting fish
and some small inverts.  We went until we were low on air, did a full
safety stop and surfaced.  During the surface interval there were cold
drinks and enough shade to keep out of the sun.  The second dive was only a
short ride away and followed the same procedure.  

This ended up being a perfect situation for a newbie and interesting enough
for me.  I strongly recommend Rodolfo and will book a trip with him again
when I go back to Puerto Vallarta.
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