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Dive Review of Parguera Divers/Parador Posada Porlamar in
Puerto Rico/Southwest coast/La Parguera

Parguera Divers/Parador Posada Porlamar, Jul, 2003,

by Karren & Tom Darone, VA, US . Report 780.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman; Bonaire; Cozumel; Palm Beach & Key Largo in Florida; Cape Hatteras & Morehead City in NC
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 83 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divemasters were scrupulous about checking everyone's air consumption and making sure the group stayed together.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 2 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 3 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 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I wish we'd known it was the start of a four-day holiday weekend. Seems like most of San Juan joined us on the road to La Parguera. Parador Posada Porlamar is part of a network of 18 "paradores" in Puerto Rico -- sort of a three-story eclectic country inn overlooking the south coast. We unfortunately got a room right next to the outdoor wooden staircase, and listened to stair climbers for most of our first three nights. Also had problems with air conditioning, since the influx of holiday visitors to the town quite overloaded the town's electrical capacity. The onsite restaurant, La Pared, was excellent (but pricey) for dinner. Buffet breakfast was included with dive packages but service was quite slow. And for some reason, the waterfront bar was never open. Never! Now....the diving, with Parguera Divers (Angel Rovira and wife Roberta Santos are owner operators -- www.pargueradivers.com) was just spectacular. Parguera Divers is one of the best, most thorough dive ops we've seen. The ride to the wall can be pretty choppy, we learned. EVERYTHING not stowed away in the fore cabin will get wet. Water temps were consistently 83 degrees top to bottom - balmy! Saw a huge crowd of Atlantic spadefish on one dive, an overly intrusive remora on another. Lots of black durgon, parrotfish, chromis, tangs, gobies. Corals were great and varied (sea fans and rods, black coral bushes, wire corals, brain and sheet and encrusting corals) and the walls just wonderful--particularly a swim-through at 120 feet marked by an eleven-tube lavender stovepipe sponge. We did a night dive one evening (I didn't enjoy it...too many people and too little viz) and afterwards Angel took us over to swim in the Phosphorescent Bay, which was unbelievable. Recommend Guacataco for open-air local food, or Golden City (Chinese/criollo in the local mall) for lunch, followed by naps!
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