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

Surface Time, Jun, 2003,

by Randy Bailey, AZ, USA . Report 512.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Solomon Islands, Fiji, Caribbean, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 35 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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