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Dive Review of Vallarta Adventures in
Mexico (Western)

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Mickey Fivenson, MI, usa (2 reports)
Report Number 4513
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
dove with guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
3 stars   
2 stars    
I had one day cruise stop in Puerto Vallarta off of the Norwegian Star. I
do not book the cruise dive excursion because it is geared to lowest
levels. I booked directly with Vallarta Adventures. I inquired from several
PADI 5 star dive operations. They were the only Puerto Vallarta dive shop
to respond to my email questions. They were very quick to respond and had a
toll free phone number from USA. 

Prior Chapbook reports indicated average diving in Puerto Vallarta. I
should have believed these reports. To indicate the degree of my boring
dive experience, it should suffice to say the highlight of the dive was the
excellent lunch complete with meat, beer,salad and dessert. I have dived
more than 500 dives. These were two of the most boring dives I can recall. 
Few fish, minimal live coral, only 30 visibility, approximately a long 70
minute two-boat ride to the dive site. Vallarta Adventure is a large
business including many non-dive related trips leading to a cattle-car type
operation. There were about 30 to 40 divers and snorkelers on the boat as
we left the dock. After about a 45 minute boat ride on a 45 well equipped
boat, the advanced divers transferred to a small open boat for another 25
minute ride The dive guide tried to do his best to show us anything of
interest, but even the purportedly ever-present nurse sharks did not make
an appearance. There were a few interesting tunnels and caves. I am told
Mantas come into the bay, but I could not prove it. In all fairness, it was
probably my fault I was not weighted correctly on either dive which led to
uncomfortable dives. But my incorrect weight, did not change the overall
experience of a boring dive experience.   
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