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Dive Review of Casa del Buzo in
Puerto Rico/Desecheo Island

July, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Andrea Di Fabio, Cap.Fed., Argentina
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Report Number 3436
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Australia, NZ, Red Sea, Argentine South Lakes, Caribe, Pacific Mexico,
Cozumel, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
25   to 28    ° Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
75   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group to be together. Divers on nitrox allowed extra bottom time only on
first dive.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Eventhough most of the divers had cameras with them, I couldn't see any
rainse tank for them. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Desecheo island is on the west coast of Puerto Rico, a 2 to 3 hour drive
from San Juan and 1:30 to 2hs boat ride. The island is protected so no
spearfishing or fishing is allowed. It is supposed to be one of the best
spots in Puerto Rico. I was there working so it was a nice get-away for a
Sunday. I wouldn't fly to Puerto Rico for that dive itself. The divers at
Casa del Buzo in San Juan led the dive. They are very competent and
friendly and very safe conscious. The previous day a diver from another
company was lost and so far has not been found yet. The place is known to
have strong currents since it's on the Mona passage, between Dominican
Republic and PR. If you are around, I would definetely recommend their dive
shop and guide. There were 1 dive instructor (Miky Sanchez) and two
DiveMasters (Ramon Laborde and Wilson x), all of them very responsible and
friendly people trying to ensure that we all had a good time.It's no place
for big animals... though we did found a giant Crab (they call it something
different) and a giant "pregnant" lobster of around 6 to 8 pounds
of weight. As said before, if you are around the island, stop at their shop
and go diving with them. I wanted to go to Parguera for the Wall but it was
long weekend and it was all full. Miky and the other guys called all their
friends to get me a place in the boats. Last but not least, the
"boricua" hospitality was exceptional. I got lost several times
driving through the island and got lots of uninterested help from the
villagers. Last tip... when in Puerto Rico, don't leave without taking the
kayak tour to the BioLuminiscence bay in Fajardo, it's awesome and unique! 
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