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Dive Review of Underwager Diversions/Marina Sol in
Mexico (Western)/Baja

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Elaine Matthews, CA, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 2626
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Many carribean locations, Australia, US, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives were led by a Dive Leader, group had to stay together, profile
was pre-set.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was no safe storage, and no rinse bucket.  I was told to use the
fresh water hose to rinse off my camera.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
This was a 'mixed bag' family trip of 8.  1 snorkler, 2 just certified OW
divers, 1 OW divers with 3 dives, 1 AOW diver with 50 dives, 1 AOW diver
with 100 divers, 1 DM with 500 dives, 1 DM with 2000 dives.  We did
specifically request 'beginner diving' for the entire group, so as to be
together as a family.  However, this operation DOES NOT ALLOW you to dive
your own profile, so be warned.  In all other ways they were very
accommodating, the Dive Leader went slow for us (although not as slow at
our photographers might have liked), and was great at finding and pointing
out things for the whole group.  The boats are covered Panga boats, set up
for 24 divers.  We had 1 day with 16 divers and things were a bit tight. 
We took 1 night dive with them, again a great Dive Leader experience.  The
hotel (not connected to Underwater Diversions) is an older condominium.  We
rented it because it was 5 bedrooms (we were 4 couples).  It's getting a
bit long in the tooth, but it was very clean.  Our A/C didn't quite get
cool in the bedrooms, but it wasn't too hot to sleep (as sometimes
happens).  The pool side restaurant had very good food, and 5 days for 8
people was $1008.  The 5 bedroom condo could have easily accommodated 12 or
14 people, as many of the bedrooms had multiple beds.  TV, stereo,
microwave, dishwasher, etc., plus a nice veranda.

If I was going with the normal 2-4 advanced divers, I probably wouldn't
dive with Underwater Diversions again, simply because we like diving our
own profiles, but it was great for our mixed group.  

We saw a goodly number of sea horses, good size schools of fish, with an
inordinate number of porcupine fish on all dives.  Had a visit by the sea
lions, and a rare 2-pass visit from a young whale shark.  The sea floor and
wall were all in good condition, without the trash sometimes seen at other
Mexico dive locations.  I can only stress to the reader that we were
looking for "new diver" opportunities and that was what we
got--at no time were our new divers stressed.  I would go back again to the
area to explore the more challenging opportunities.
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