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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

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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