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Dive Review of La Parguera Divers in
Puerto Rico/La Parguera

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by June Jefford, NM, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 2221

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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Saba, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Hawaii, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, air limit  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
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
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
La Parguera Divers (not associated with any resort or hotel) was
outstanding in service and safety.  Angel, the owner, was boat captain.  He
worked well with divers of all experience levels.  I was impressed by his
patience and concern for a beginner in our group who was doing a
"Discover Scuba" dive.  For our group of three experienced
divers, he made sure we saw a different site each day.  Victor and Robbie,
the divemasters, were personable, careful, and safety-conscious.  All were
concerned that we saw all parts of their beautiful wall.  Size of the group
varied from five to thirteen.  We were unable to do a night dive because
there was a minimum of five people, and we were only three.  I felt lucky
we had read Undercurrent about this quality operation.  We stopped by the
competing dive shop, Paradise Divers, and were treated rudely and
condescendingly.  Other divers on our trips had very negative experiences
with Paradise.  La Parguera is a quality operation, and we got it right the
first time, thanks to Undercurrent.
We made a misstep in booking accommodations.  We selected "Andy's
Chalet and Guest House" because it advertised a "fully equipped
kitchen."  What a joke.  "Fully equipped" consisted of one
plate and one glass.  We had booked a two-bedroom.  They ushered us into a
dirty, cramped, dim one-bedroom.  When we protested, they reluctantly gave
us another tiny room with dark walls, filthy shower and one bare bulb.  The
next day, we told our story to Roxanna, Victor's wife and also a La
Parguera employee.  She helped us locate a large, cheerful apartment
downstairs from where she lives in the back of Sammy's hardware store and
mini mart.  I don't have an address.  After moving out of Andys, our
on-shore experience completely turned around.  Both the diving and the
friendliness of the people at La Parguera exceeded my expectations.  
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