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Dive Review of Parguera Divers/Dive shop only, no resort in
Puerto Rico/Parguera

Parguera Divers/Dive shop only, no resort, Dec, 2003,

by Larry Sandusky, ID, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 904.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 81 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth for Nitro & safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Basic rinse tank for cameras - for day dive, adequate.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Angel (owner) & Matt (dive master) provided excellent support. Dive boat is spacious, clean, well organized, well maintained. Excellent pre-dive briefings, assistance in gear preparation and water entry. Dive master very observant, helpful but gave appropriate dive profile freedom for experienced divers.

Dive profiles were excellent multi-level, each featuring a period at about 50 feet that's great for DCS prevention. Fish life, while not prolific in Puerto Rico, was varied and approachable. Corals were in excellent condition with abundant black coral and crisp white brain corals. Fans were in near-perfect condition. Spotted a small octopus, and a school of Atlantic Spades swam right through our group.

Between dives and afterward, crew was very warm and friendly, giving lots of background on Puerto Rico, recent weather conditions, typical diving conditions at various times of year, and even helped us to the car with the wet & heavy gear! No payment due until after the dive, which I find admirable and common for well-run and confident dive operations.

I only wish we'd lodged closer to Parguera; we had a neary 3-hour drive from San Juan. Had we known what an excellent operation Angel runs, and how pristine the diving is, we would have stayed over and dived again. Each member of our group of 4 divers was very happy with this experience. Parguera Divers also has an excellent website. Highly recommended, without hesitation. Will return, but will stay much longer.
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