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

Casa del Buzo, Jul, 2007,

by Andrea Di Fabio, Cap.Fed., Argentina (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3436.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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