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Dive Review of Parguera Divers in
Puerto Rico/La Parguera

Parguera Divers, Dec, 2005,

by Jeffrey S. Levine, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 2239.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 81 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divers were asked to follow safe diving practices. Divers were asked to stay above and in general area of divemaster. If divers were using Nitrox, they were allowed to go deeper. Dive times were 50 minutes plus five minute safety stop.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Parguera Divers is a very well run operation. The owner, Angel Rovira, and his team did whatever they could to make the trips safe, informative, and enjoyable. A US Coast Guard certification was displayed on the boat and a full safety briefing was provided and included the location of all emergency equipment (fire extinguishers, radio, life jackets, etc.). A fresh water tank was provided for cameras and a hose was available for rinsing anything else.

The dive sites were usually on or by the wall which is about a 30 minute boat ride from shore. Dives were always 50 minutes plus an additional five minute safety stop. The length was usually just about right. No one felt rushed. The fish were of the standard Caribbean kind. We saw one turtle and a shark.

The shop offers Nitrox. In addition to standard 32% and 36%, the shop was also offering a special on a 30% blend which gives a maxdepth of 117-120ft. I used it and it gave me just enough extra bottom time to make it worth it.

Surface intervals were on the boat and lasted one hour. Sandwiches and cookies were provided during the SI and drinks were available the entire time.

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the dive operation and will dive with them again.

The hotel is a guest house/inn which carries the "parador" designation. This is bestowed by the Puerto Rican Tourism Company on inns that meet certain specifications. It is clean and serviceable, but plain with few frills. If you book a package through Parguera Divers you get a discount on the room. Breakfast is included in the price as are some discount restaurant vouchers depending on the length of your stay. The restaurant is good but a bit pricey. Even with the vouchers, it may or may not be a good deal. There are plenty of vendor stands and smaller restaurants nearby. Every major restaurant chain is also on the island but you will need to drive. Since Puerto Rico is a US commonwealth, your auto insurance may cover you. Check before you leave. I recommend Charlie's car rental if you fly into San Juan. Ponce is much closer but has fewer flights to the mainland. Also, internet access in Parguera is not great. I did find a few open hot spots but the hotel itself does not offer it.

I will definitely return.
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