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Dive Review of cabo pulmo dive center in
Mexico (Western)/cabo pulmo, baja california

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by greg, utah, usa (2 reports)
Report Number 4268
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
65   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 10    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive master led dives,most dives were no deeper then 60fsw. But that was
about as deep as the reef was.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boats are not really setup for camera's. If you take one they'll hand it
down to you when your in the water. But there's no rinse tank on the boats,
and I don't recall seeing one at the dive shop.I'd say if your a hardcore
photographer and comfortable with your equipment then it's probably not a
problem. But beginner's should probably skip it.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Flew from Salt Lake City to San Jose Del Cabo on a direct flight on Delta.
flights going and coming back were uneventful. The only thing to be
prepared for is the Condo/time share people when you come out of customs,
they were relentless, at least we thought so. Could've done without this
hassle. We'd already reserved a rental car (dollar) and there was a shuttle
to pick up costumers for the short drive to the office. All the rental
agency's had a shuttle. We'd already decided on a SUV but a car would've
been fine for the trip to cabo pulmo, the final 8 miles of road is dirt but
it's in pretty good shape. But once you tell them where your going they
will try an push a SUV on you because of the dirt road. I think there is a
shuttle from the airport but cost wise it's about the same as renting a
car. And with a car you can go check out other place's. It's about 1 1/2 to
a 2 hour drive from the airport.

We stayed at the cabo pulmo resort. The room was comfortable and fairly
good sized. It had a full sized kitchen, the dining room/living
room/bedroom was kinda in one big space. And a bathroom.If you plan on
cooking get supplies before you get there because there isn't any place to
get stuff in cabo pulmo. la Ribera has a couple of stores that has most
everything you'll need. The room we stayed in had a covered palapa that we
could set under and see the ocean. We ended sleeping up there as well, it
was much cooler then the rooms. They have rooms with AC but they shutdown
the generator at 10:00pm so no power to run the AC. So if you go in the
summer don't spend the money on the rooms with AC. There is no power to the
town everything either has solar or a generator or a combo of both. if your
not diving then you will be very bored. The town is very small, and not
much to do after dinner. Their are 3 restaurants in town plus a good sized
taco diner on the beach. The food was good at all 4 places we were
pleasantly surprised. Just make sure and have pesos because a couple of
them don't take credit. They will probably take dollars also. There is also
some hiking trails in the hills around the town. We did the hikes in the
early morning, they were well marked and worth doing if your into hiking.

We dove with Cabo pulmo dive center. The first day of diving was great but
because of the weather went down hill from there. If you take a suit have
at least a 5mm and a hood the water temp was 72 the first day and was 65 on
the last day we dove. You meet at the dive center to check in, and then
they break you up into different groups for the days dives. usually your
with the same people but not always. They have a shuttle that comes from
cabo San Lucas most days so diving doesn't start till 10:00am. All the
diving is done inside the cabo pulmo marine park so its only about 15 mins
max to the dive sites. The boats are flat bottom with outboard motors on
them they hold a max of 10 people, there is no covers on them. It gets
crowded with more then 6, but we had a couple dives with 8 and it was
tight. When you get to the dive site you get all suited up and everyone
does a backroll in at the same time. Most of the dives were slow drift
dives so the boat captain follows the bubbles and is close by when you come
up. The dive master leads the dives, they were 45 min dives max unless you
needed to come earlier. No deeper then 60fsw mainly because thats about as
deep as the reef is. To get back in the boat you take your BC off and hand
it up to the captain then you haul your self over the side back into the
boat or there's a small ladder on the back of the boat to climb back in,
and I mean small. We used the ladder because we didn't have enough oomph to
get back in from the side. But the the ladder was a challenge, if you have
any kind of knee/back problems this probably isn't the place for you. Like
I said the first day of diving was great, we all got in and the first thing
we saw was a school of bat rays swimming under us and it just got better.
I've never seen so many puffer fish there was schools of them. Big grouper
all over the place,eels of all kinds, some even free swimming during the
day. As we were coming up on one of the afternoon dives a pod of dolphins
showed up and checked us out. The water temp the first day was 72 which
wasn't to bad with a 5mm and the vis was probably around 50fsw. We had 4
very good dives that day. We did 4 dives the next day but because of a
hurricane down south things started changing. The water got much colder and
the vis much lower and seemed like the fish went else where. The 2 dives in
the afternoon the water temp was down to 68.By day 3 it was 65 and vis was
terrible. We lost the last 2 days of diving. If every day was like the
first I'd rate it a 10. But it's not for eveyone. 
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