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Dive Review of Sea Ventures Dive Copamarina/Copamarina in
Puerto Rico/Guanica

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Wallace, IN, USA
Report Number 1587
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman, Florida, Guadeloupe, St.
Thomas/John and Vietnam 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
One observation dive to 120' with DM, all other dives own profile with stay
in sight of group's bubbles request, 1500# signal to DM, multi-level
profiles OK, start ascent at 600# from 60 feet, minimum 3 minute safety
stop enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Rental cameras available, no film developing on site, computer available
for download and disc burn, rinse bucket for cameras ONLY on board, Captain
did 2004 Rodales Photo Shoot and has extremely good suggestions for UWP
locations to see critters.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Copamarina Resort dive package is excellent for value.  Rooms were very
clean with daily maid service.  Rooms have rear door walkout to beach, dive
shop and pier (very handy for wet stuff).  Food quality is very good, but a
little pricey for full meals.  We ate lunch/dinner at locals just a few Km
from the resport.

Sea Ventures dive operation has excellent staff, very attentive,
outstanding safety and site briefs using colored maps.  Dive profiles are
open once the DM's have dove once with you.  The DM's take you to all the
critter sites for UWP.  Bill, Tony and Shawna are all well versed on the
Wall, Fallen Rock, Aquarium, Pozas, etc. 

Location has every UW geography available in the Carribean.  Coral gardens
are in excellent condition with wide variety of color.  BLACK CORAL
prolific at 60' and down the wall to rec limits.  

Wall construction varies from 45 degree slopes with ledges at 90 to 120
feet, to 90 degree slope with no ledges.  

Fish life on reef dives includes most of the Book on Reef Fish.  

UWP opportunities abound with excellent visibility at 60 to 100 feet on
reef.  Macro is great as the area is not well dived and most fish do not
seem too skitterish.  

Water temp was never under 80 degrees and at 130 feet the temp was still at
80 degrees.

Special thrill was Humpback whales presence one day - heard songs
throughout both dives and observed 22 separate breeching whales off port
side of dive boat during surface interval.  In 30 years of diving, I have
never heard or seen humpback whales, let alone an entire pod.

Overall, the week was a "6" on a scale of 1 to 5.
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