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Dive Review of Vista Sea Sport/Hotel Buena Vista in
Mexico (Western)/Baja Penninsula, Los Barriles

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Leslie Murphy, IL, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6092
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
86   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The East Cape (Los Barriles/Buena Vista) is known for deep sea fishing -
divers are in the minority.  That said, this is some of my favorite diving.
 The Sea of Cortez hosts incredibly huge fish, and schools of them.  I have
never seen puffer fish school anywhere but here.  The parrot fish routinely
rival the triggers in size, and both are bigger than in the Caribbean.  The
dive operator is an American who has lived in the East Cape for 20 years. 
His shop picks up from all the hotels around the area.  There is a marine
park (Cabo Pulmo) that offers great 50-60 foot dives, so you can be down as
long as the tank will last, and the divemasters don't have a time limit, at
least not an enforced one.  All dive sites are about a 45 minute boat ride,
and surface intervals are on the boat.  All boats are small and hold only
six - my husband and I are routinely the only two on the boat.  The hotel
is family run (separate from Vista Sea Sport), and a bit worn, but it does
the trick and has a large pool with a swim-up bar and attentive bartender. 
Most of the guests are men who are deep sea fishing (I am typically one of
very few females there), so they look at you funny when you say you are
diving, especially for a whole week.  But, I always get the last laugh, as
we are usually the only ones at the dive sites.  I would recommend this
spot if you are looking for something more unusual than the Caribbean but
that is close, and it is great during hurricane season, as the water is
warmest then and hurricanes rarely go through the Pacific.
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