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

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Dan Clements, WA, US
Contributor   (15 reports)
Report Number 5959
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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

calm, surge  
Water Temp
63   to 68    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Flexible: stay in general area of dive master.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
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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