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Dive Review of Sunshine Dive Charter/Marbella Suites en la Playa in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo San Lucas

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis Lewis, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 6217
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Roatan. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
74   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
After the first dive, the only thing we were told was keep it about an
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The DM has a camera, but the pictures were more "snap shots" than
UWP. But, they were also provided for free! 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
We stayed at Marbella Suites which is about 17km from Cabo San Lucas. A
world of difference - no timeshare vultures, no people walking the beach
with hats, etc., just quiet, calm and relaxing. $99 for a very clean two
bedroom suite with kitchen, pool and on the beach. Can't beat that! Air in
the bedrooms and they worked perfectly. Very nice and helpful staff.
Staying close or in CSL means you will be pushed (even at meals) to buy a
timeshare. Gets old really fast so I vote stay far from town and drive in.
Marbella fits that bill and at a fraction of the price of the mega resorts
near by. 
Sunshine did a fine job of taking care of me and my wife. They take care of
your gear once you get it there. Nitrox was free and 31%. On each dive it
was my wife and I, along with a newer diver. No problem since when he/she
got low on air, the DM would take them up to the boat and then return to us
for the rest of the hour. We were never rushed. The best dive around Cabo
is Land's End. With the mixing of the Pacific and Cortez waters, we saw
schools of snapper and grunts, three rays and the sea lions came down to
play. Wow, the males are big! This was the only location were you didn't
hear the sound of boat motors. 
One gripe about diving around Cabo is the constant boat traffic. The buzz
of the motors is never ending. Between the dive boats, the water taxis and
the massive party boats, there was never a time when you could relax and
listen to the sound of the sea. The smaller boats do not seem to worry
about running over divers so don't try coming up in open water. Only when
we turned the corner and dived the Pacific did the buzzing stop. Sadly, to
get a boat to go out of the area, you need a small group and there was just
the two of us this trip. 
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