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Dive Review of La Cueva Submarina Inc./NA in
Puerto Rico/Isabela

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jolene Eichorn, MN, USA
Report Number 1480
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Hawaii, Rotan, Dominica, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 15    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
1 stars    
Went to a site called Crash Boat (there isn't much of a boat to see). I was
the only diver so Charles Aponte from La Cueva took me along with a friend
of his. It was a shore dive. I got zero help, although the DM's friend
helped the DM out. By the time I got suited up I was tired. Charles took
off like we were in a race. The visibility was poor and I didn't want to
get left behind so I struggled to keep up. We went under a dock where
people were fishing and my leg got tangled in fishing line. I had to stop
and untangle it and the DM had no clue that I was having problems. After I
got the line off of me and started going again the DM came back to get me
and evidently I wasn't going fast enough for him because he grabbed my arm
and pulled me along. We saw what was left of a boat, fed the fish some
bread, he took my picture and then it was a race back to shore. I was so
exhausted I was afraid I wasn't going to make it, meanwhile the DM is
already on shore and his friend is helping him with take off his equipment.
Then I had to try to take off my fins with waves knocking me over - like I
said I got zero help. The whole dive lasted 21 minutes, but he tried to
tell me we were out there for an hour. Before going on the second dive I
told him he is going way too fast, he needed to slow down. The next dive
was to some caverns (Shacks?). I told them when I booked the dive I didn't
want to be in any tightly enclosed areas, they told me these were big
caverns - no problem. Once again, I got zero assistance with my equipment
and this time we had to carry it all down a long flight of steps to the
beach. We went to the caverns and the DM wanted me to follow him through a
very tight tunnel. I didn't want to go, but it was like a maze in there and
I didn't know my way out. I signaled I did not want to go, but he was not
going to come back for me, so I had to follow. It was very tight and my
hands got stung by something. There were only a couple of small fish in
there, nothing else, so unless you enjoy being in caverns it is a waste of
time. Total dive time 23 minutes. Afterward I had to carry all my equipment
back up the flight of stairs with a bad knee and I was having a difficult
time. Finally the DM's friend came back for me and asked if I needed help.
It was the worst day of diving I have every had. However, there was a girl
at our hotel that went with the same dive shop, but a different DM and she
had a great time at the caverns. I thought about cancelling the next days
dive out to Desecheo with a different dive shop, but I decided to go. I
went with Oceans Unlimited in Rincon, my dive buddy was a diving instructor
from Raleigh, NC. We were perfectly paired, went at the same pace and were
out of air at the same time. Had a really good time at Desecheo, lots of
fish, and then on the way back a pod of Spinner Dolphins chased the boat so
the captain let us snorkel with the dolphins,they stayed around for about
40 minutes and the captain didn't rush us, he let us enjoy ourselves. He
even went out of his way to see if there was a Whale Shark under the flock
of gulls, but it was just fish. I highly recommend Oceans Unlimited if you
are going to go diving in that area. 
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