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

Parguera Divers/Posada Porlamar, May, 2002,

by James McMeins, WA, USA . Report 64.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 30 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 5 minutes safety stops on all dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments took 3 days to get them to put a bucket on the boat for cameras and no facility on boat for working on them.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is diving for advanced divers, all dives were on the continental shelf located 5-6 miles off shore. Wall starts at 50-60' so you are more concerned with bottom time then air consumption. (No swimming up the coral to 30-40' to complete the dive), its to deep. Some days it was a real challenge to get back on the boat in the 5-7' swells.Most dives are 40-45 minutes followed by a 5min safety stop in the water colum. Visibility was not great due to swells coming out of the south, have never seen so many seasick people before on a dive boat. First time we dove using Doc's Proplugs, they worked great. The corals/sponges/seafans are in great shape here and some of the sponges were the biggest we've ever seen. Not a lot of fish but a good variety. Resort is quaint older house that has been added to over the years. Dive boat and shop are at the dock at resort and can store your equipment in their dive locker. The night we arrived, it was late and office was closed but security guard took care of us, put us in the standard room we had booked, then changed his mind and moved us to a nicer room, following day the owner contacted us and told us since we were staying so long (10 days) he would upgrade us to one of the beach side suites for the rest of our stay! On site restaurant is good but very expensive, only ate there twice. Since your in town, lots of local restaurants within easy walking distance and much more reasonable. Don't miss the trip out to the Biolum. Bay, its only $5 per person and is amazing to see the water glow and the fish flashing through the water leaving blue/green vapor trails. When we booked this trip we knew it would be hard to get to as dive operation on opposite end of island from San Juan and opposite coast. Rented a car for the 10 days as was the same as taking a commuter flight to and from the area and this way we were able to travel around the island while not diving and enjoy the beaches and parks.
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