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Dive Review of Oceans Unlimited in
Puerto Rico/Desecheo

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Craig Pino, VA, USA
Report Number 2002
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
PR, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
strict headcount, return with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
rinse bucket, tables in enclosed cabin, crew will handle camera in/out of
water for you if you want
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
I wish my original report had been published a few years ago!  If you go to
Puerto Rico, you HAVE to go to the west coast.   I have been out with Oceans Unlimited numerous
times, and Jim and Lisa some of the friendliest people you ever want to
meet.  They make you wish you could have people like them on all of your
dive trips.  Their 47 ft boat is great for offshore, has a spacious deck
with lots of seats, space for gear and a cooler.  It also has a place to
lay on top of the big enclosed cabin to get some sun.  The cabin has seats
and tables, with plenty of room for lunch.  (They serve the best lunches of
any operator short of a live aboard.)  They offer any type of
instruction/sevices you can think of, including NITROX.  
The diving in western Puerto Rico is fabulous.  This is the best visibility
I have been in, with excellent coral.  Sharks, eels, sting and eagle rays,
plenty of turtles, and even the occasional manta ray have been seen and
photographed on their trips.  They even showed pictures of their humpback
encounters earlier in the year!  Their website has a lot of information about the
area and accomodations.  

For Puerto Rico, there are a lot of reviews for Parguera divers.  While
they are a good operation, the dives and visibility aren't as good as the
west coast, and the boat is smaller.  What ever you do, avoid Taino Divers.
 They are sloppy don't care about/damage the reefs, the boat is small and
crowded, and some of their "divemasters" are just certified
divers that go along as guides.  Some of them even brag about they
"just love to dive, so I only work for beer."  

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