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

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Hansen, CA, US
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Report Number 6322
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, British Columbia, Bonaire, Curacao, Cayman Islands, Fiji,
Palau, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Florida, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
One hour limit, no decompression  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
No rinse tanks on boats for cameras.  No safe storage for cameras.  We had
to hold our cameras in our laps the whole boat ride.  The crew was careful
in handling the cameras, and they did provide a cooler filled with water at
the dive shop for rinsing the cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The Cortez Club has a number of boats, but the ones we saw seem quite
small.  The boat rides to the better dive sites are one and one-half to two
hours each way.  There are no heads on the boats.  Nitrox is available, but
it is an additional cost, as is lunch and the marine park entrance fee. 
The diving is quite expensive, but, considering the distances involved, the
charges may not be all that exorbiant.  The crew also found a whale shark
for us to snorkle with at no extra cost.  There was an opportunity to dive
with sea lions, and we saw a couple of sharks in the distance at El Bajo. 
El Bajo was quite crowded, with one live-aboard and several other day boats
all trying to anchor on the pinnacle.  The diving is fairly typical of Baja
diving, with a few sea fans and the occasional coral head, but with some
impressive schools of fish.  We did feel that the diving was better (and
less expensive) in Cabo Pulmo.

The hotel was clean, but well worn, almost to the point of being run down. 
Bathroom fixtures were corroded, and the draperies had holes in them.  I
had to request bottled water each day we were there, and it took them over
a day to replace burnt out light bulbs.  I understand that the condominiums
are newer and in better shape, but we did not have the opportunity to
confirm that.
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