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Dive Review of The Cortez Club in
Mexico (Western)/La Paz

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Lisa Biesele, CA, USA
Report Number 2821
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Catalina CA, San Diego CA, Cabo San Lucas MEX
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The more experienced divers were able to go off around the parameters of
the various sites, while the less experienced were toured around by the
divemaster.  We arranged to surface at the same time, with the divemaster
at the rear of the group.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
My dive buddy was the photographer.  He got some great shots of a turtle
and a whale shark that we swam with.  The viz was perfect and the colors
were great!!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
The trip was fantastic, and I wouldn't dive with anyone else in La Paz.  My
group of four dove for five days, and had our own private boat and
divemaster.  The cortez club sets your hotel reservation up with the
adjoining hotel/condo rental place.  Spend the extra few bucks and get the
3 bedroom penthouse condo.  It was amazing....all ocean-view balconies!!! 
DON'T stay somewhere else - the resort is North of town, and you will have
to take a taxi to dive.  The food at the hotel was usual American-Mexican
food.  The dive club provides boxed lunches...I recommend the ceviche, not
the sandwiches.  The gear service was great...all washing, filling
etc...done while you go to the pool/bar/beach.  One tip on tips = DO tip
the divemaster and boat driver well.  They are payed a very small amount
daily, and rely heavily on tips to live.  The staff's attitude was great. 
The use of a small plane and walkie-talkies helped our boat to find mantas
and whale sharks on a few occasions.  The club throws a few night parties a
week for clients.  The waterfront (Sea of Cortez) location is beautiful for
day dives and night parties/relaxation. 
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