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

Silent World Divers/Cruise Ship, Apr, 2011,

by Robert Halem, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports). Report 6044.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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