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Dive Review of Surface Time in
Mexico (Western)/San Carlos

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Randy Bailey, AZ, USA
Report Number 512
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Solomon Islands, Fiji, Caribbean, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 35    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Decided to make my first trip of the year to San Carlos, Mexico. 

Made arrangements at the Surface Time Dive Center in San Carlos (newest
shop in San Carlos which has retail, training (classroom) and boats). I had
been warned by a Phoenix shop to take +7mm suit, but the Surface Time
divemaster told me I wouldn't need it. I wore a 5/3 suit and my buddy wore
a 2mm suit and we both were comfortable.

On the first dive at Seal Island we found a giant sea horse. My buddy got
some good photos. We, of course, were visited by sea lions who played with
us. I found the greatest variety of nudibranches I've seen anywhere! I'm
into the small stuff and really enjoyed the variety we found.

I'm a frequent visitor to San Carlos and have found the Surface Time boats
to be in the best condition and least crowded of any boats in the area. The
divemaster / crew was top notch and got us to some great dive sites. I plan
to dive with them again later this summer.
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