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Dive Review of Paradise Scuba & Snorkeling/Parador Villa Parguera in
Puerto Rico/La Parguera

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jeffrey S. Levine, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 5880
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Belize, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay above and behind divemaster  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
I recently completed a five day dive trip in La Parguera, Puerto Rico with
Paradise Scuba and Snorkling and want to provide an overview of the trip.
This was my sixth trip to La Parguera but my first with Paradise Scuba. I
will discuss the dive operation, the diving, the accommodations, and
provide some general information about La Parguera and the surrounding

Paradise Scuba and Snorkling has been in La Parguera for many years and is
the oldest dive operator in La Parguera. The only other dive shop in town
is currently West Divers. Blue Water Scuba had opened a branch for a short
time but it is now closed.

I first contacted Paradise Scuba via e-mail a few months ago and then
finalized the arrangements by phone. The staff all speaks English and
Spanish so communication was straightforward. All my e-mails were returned
within at most two days, a very good sign in todays Internet age. I made
reservations for both me and a dive buddy. Luis (the owner) said they
needed a minimum of four divers to go out and that getting the additional
divers would be his homework.

Two weeks before my trip, I e-mailed Paradise to see whether they had
enough divers. I received a note from Kiko saying everything was all set
and to show up at the shop at 7:45am on the first day to fill out
paperwork. When I arrived at the shop, I presented my C-card and completed
all the paperwork. At that point, I went down to the dock to board the
boat. Paradise is right across the street from the main dock. The boats
that we used were not owned by Paradise. Paradise made arrangements to use
other boats, one of which was owned by Angel, who was our boat captain for
the whole week. Personally, I think thats a good approach nowadays. This
way, the shop focuses on diving rather than maintaining boatsbut I

After the divers boarded, we set up our equipment and double-checked
everything before departing for the first site of the day which was on the
wall. The wall is approximately 25 minutes away from the shore. When we
arrived, the divemaster gave us a briefing on the site. The other crew
members dropped a safety line into the water which allowed us to see the
current as well as an ascent/descent line. We entered the water with a
giant stride and held onto the safety line until we received clearance for
descent. Each dive generally lasted 45 minutes. We were asked to do a
safety stop after each dive. After we boarded the boat, we swapped tanks
and began to head to the next dive site. Surface intervals were
approximately one hour. Sandwiches and drinks were provided during the
interval. We then did a second dive more inland before returning to La
Parguera at approximately 1pm. Water temperatures ranged from 79F to 81F. I
wore a 3mm full length wet suite and was fine.

The staff at Paradise is friendly. I especially enjoyed diving with Jose
and Orlando as well as Jerry and Willy (Ninja). There were two areas where
we did have to encourage the staff. One was the selection of dive sites.
La Parguera has some top sites (e.g. Fallen Rock) that are really worth
seeing. When we asked for these sites, I sensed some reluctance but I
wasnt sure why. The other matter we had to insist on were longer surface
intervals in order to get better bottom time for the second dive. The staff
did accommodate us with both of these matters.

Unfortunately, the shop does not offer Nitrox which would make things even
On a side note, Paradise services a lot of snorkelers as well. In fact,
they ran tours every day I was there. Id be willing to guess that this is
a big part of their business. The shop was open late every night which I
feel gives the store a stronger presence in the community.

In terms of the fish life, I am concerned. Overall there really werent as
many fish as there used to be. We saw a variety of standard Caribbean fish,
just not as much of them as I had seen before. We saw lionfish on almost
every wall dive. They are becoming a big problem in La Parguera. I did see
a nurse shark, some eels, and some rays as well. I think the government of
Puerto Rico, if it has not already done so, should look at establishing
some marine reserves. Perhaps this will help the fish population.

I stayed at Villa Parguera on this trip. It was my third stay with them.
They are right next to the dock. It is the best inn in town. The rooms are
basic, but very clean. They have air conditioning, televisions, a pool, and
wireless internet. The rooms were very reasonably priced.

Although the hotel serves breakfast, I suggest you go to the café at
Supermercado Perez #2 which is a block from Paradise Scuba on the main road
that leads into town. They open at 6:30am. You can get a breakfast sandwich
(egg & cheese) and a small coffee for under $4.00. There is also a
similar café in the Ocean View Supermarket next to the gas station
that opens at 7am. For other meals, I suggest visiting the Cabo Rojo town
square, San German, or going to Joyuda where they have many good seafood

So, would I dive with Paradise again? Yeswith some conditions. I would
definitely request specific dive sites and ask for long surface intervals.
The only thing they do not have is Nitrox. West Divers does have Nitrox
which, at least to me, is important. Also, for photographers, there was no
camera bucket on board.

If youve never been diving in La Parguera, I do suggest you check it out.
It is a sleepy town with a fun atmosphere. The southwest part of Puerto
Rico has a lot of beautiful towns. To make the most of it, I suggest adding
a few days in San Juan or one of the other parts of the island. Puerto Rico
is a great island with much to offer.
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