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

The Cortez Club, Sep, 2005,

by Lisa Biesele, CA, USA . Report 2821.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

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