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Dive Review of Parguera Divers/Posada Porlamar/Villa Parguera in
Puerto Rico/Parguera

Parguera Divers/Posada Porlamar/Villa Parguera, Apr, 2003,

by John Yasaki, CA, USA . Report 488.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Costa Rica (Playa Hermosa), Belize - Ambergris Caye, Dominica, N and S California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay above DM (not enforced much); back on boat with 500psi (also not enforced.) Pretty lenient once you proved you knew what you were doing.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Supplied camera rinse bucket on request. Pace was a little fast on dives, but that may have been because we didn't make noise about it.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Porlamar Posada is a wannabe luxury hotel, needs to figure out that service is important. Bar on patio was open, but unstaffed, when staffed, anything ordered was picked up from restaurant upstairs. Go figure. Everything involved a wait. The restaurant, however, has great food, but you (again) have to wait for it.

Villa Parguera is a little more pricey, but a much nicer place to stay. Beautiful grounds, a somewhat stodgy front desk, but all around relaxed and friendly once checked in. Restaurant is average, though the service was pretty good.

Parguera Divers is a great operation; boat is a little small for the offshore conditions, but not a problem if you don't get seasick. Angel Rovira and Jose (the DM) do a great job making sure you are happy. Lots of fun on the boat.

Unfortunately, we arrived after 2 weeks of heavy rains, so vis was poor, and fish life was very sparse. Corals seemed to be in pretty good shape, though. Inverts seemed plentiful.

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