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Dive Review of Sunshine SCUBA Diving in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo San Lucas

Sunshine SCUBA Diving, Mar, 2011,

by Dan Clements, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 5959.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Marquesas, French Polynesia, Mexico, Guadalupe, Florida, Bahamas, Galapagos, Caribbean, Dubai, Oman.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 63 to 68 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Flexible: stay in general area of dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments I shoot with a large DSL rig, and there was plenty of room on the boat. No rinse bucket on board: facilities in their shop in the Wyndham complex.

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 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We dive all over the world, and had not been to Cabo in over 30 years. What a mistake! Marine life varied from sea horses to humpback whales. Buzzed by sea lions, rays, tropicals, nudibranchs, lobsters, incredible bleny's. A photographer's dream.

During one surface interval I had to take my D300s out of the underwater housing to photograph a female humpback and baby who were putting on a show right in front of our boat.

We also took a day to fly up to Bahia Magdalena and photograph gray whales about to leave for their migration north. Amazing: moms and calves surfacing next to pangas wanting to be touched.

Lars Helten, and ex-pat German, runs an outstanding operation. We are planning on returning next year with a group of underwater photographers from the Pacific Northwest. Free nitrox is available.

The one thing we did not get to do was take a trip with Lars up to La Paz for a whale shark photo outing. Apparently there is a resident group in the area year round.

If you want to dive this area, consider staying at Los Milagros, a very nice, inexpensive 12 room boutique motel owned by Sandra Scandiber, a delightful New York transplant. Los Milagros is a ten minute walk to the dive shop. Lots of very nice, inexpensive restaurants in the area.

The only downsides were college students on Spring break and cruise ship tourists. Next year we will go down a week earlier to avoid drunk students wandering down streets. Cruise ships apparently are staying away from Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan and stopping instead at Cabo. There were five ships in port for a couple of days, and the port area was quite busy. Much nicer for us when there were no ships in the harbor.
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