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

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Karren & Tom Darone, VA, US
Report Number 780
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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

sunny, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
83   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemasters were scrupulous about checking everyone's air consumption and
making sure the group stayed together.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
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 -- 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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