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Dive Review of Copamarina Resort in
Puerto Rico/Near Ponce

Copamarina Resort, Mar, 2002,

by Joe Bean, Il, USA` ( 2 reports). Report 296.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Florida Keys, California, Catalina, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions DM was very attentive to my son and his friend, both of whom were on their second dive trip, yet he did not ignore the other divers. DM --nickname is BamBam--loves the water, wants you to enjoy the dive and works to make sure you do!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments !

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The resort is wonderful...altho food in the restaurant is extremely expensive. Two outdoor pools, beautiful well-kept grounds...we stayed in a villa...three bedrooms, kitchen, veranda...service was impeccable...clean...staff was very nice. Provided us with a golf cart for the week as part of the villa. The dive operation is new...BamBam, the dm, is just great...explained that he was still seeking new sites...said we'd go there, look around, if we decided it wasn't any good, we would leave immediately..and we did! Water was very rough our first day; BamBam advised against going out, saying he didn't want people to get sick and not be able to enjoy their vacations. Some of the diving was so-so...not much to see in the way of fish, coral or sponges. But at some of the sites, it was gorgeous...with lots of little critters, coral, sponges. The highlight of the trip, however, was seeing a 45-foot whale surface within 20 feet of us..we could hear the whale's blowhole. BamBam spotted the whale and stopped the boat instantly. We watched quietly, almost reverently, as the whale swam forward...then sank out of sight...only to reappear again in a few minutes. BamBam didn't turn the boat's motor back on until the whale was gone as second time...and for good. Bam Bam loves the water...he was very attentive to my son (17 and a certified diver) and his friend on their second dive trip...made certain they saw things...big cuda, morays, coral. He was a joy to be around...I wouldn't go back to the Copamarina exclusively for diving...other islands offer more and more consistent diving...but I would return for two reasons: BamBam, who seemed to genuinely want us to enjoy each dive and the island.. Puerto Rico is beautiful, the food is great and the people we met were gracious. Ponce is fun to visit...and the area around the Copamarina Resort is worth seeing.
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