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

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John Yasaki, CA, USA
Report Number 488
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Costa Rica (Playa Hermosa), Belize - Ambergris Caye, Dominica, N and S
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
2 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
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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