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

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis LeTendre, CO, USA
Report Number 2078
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Bahamas, Hawaii, Calif, Florida, Honduras, Mexico, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet on wall. be on hang line with 700 lbs.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
had a large dip tank with clean water for camera- and separate one for
masks etc.- lots of room for equipment on boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
First dive is usually off wall- wall starts at 50-60 feet-goes down to 150
feet- then angles at 180-200 feet to spill off again to 1000 feet. Reefs
off wall look in pretty good shape- some bleaching, but not as bad as other
parts of caribbean. whip-wire and black coral on wall as shallow as 60
feet-unusual in Caribbean. If you like walls- this is a good option if you
are in PR. Some decent brain corals on rim of wall. Good sized elephant
ears and other sponges on wall, as well as some fair sized pillar corals
which appeared to be in good shape, in shallower areas.

Second dives were usually reef/ ledge at 40-50 feet. mid level reefs were
in pretty good shape, not much algae, some bleaching. reefs did not look
beaten up by divers. Due to being fairly isolated, this area is pretty
clean. Due to apparent overfishing- did not see any large grouper, snapper
or other large fish. Plenty of smaller fish. Supposedly, the PR government
is planning to designate this special area to be a "no fishing
zone" in a year or so, which should help.

Dive operation carried your gear to and from the nice sized boat, assisted
with set up (if you needed it)and walked you to back of boat. Easy-in-out
ladder. Had Oxygen, large first aid kit and all emergency gear was pointed
out and described. Captain "Bill" Winnie  did a good job managing
and positioning the boat, as well as covering all safety issues. Had a nice
tag line out, as well as a tank with two regulators hung at 50ft for low
air "emergencies". DM "Tony" Rosario did a good job
finding some nice macro subjects- including some very large crabs and a
nice little arrow crab. Dive Site descriptions were too brief- could have
provided more info before the dive. Handed out towels after dive. Provided
fruit and iced water/ sodas.

Air in tanks was clean and dry- dive shop small- but appeared to be
well-managed. No Nitrox- all tanks were aluminum 80s. Had decent inventory
of rental gear.

Copamarina Resort is on the south coast- which has better weather and
cleaner water than north coast of PR. It is in the middle of the United
Nations designated Guanico Dry Forest reserve- which is nice- good hiking
and unusual birds, some petroglyphs, and interesting trees. Nice, clean
resort- but more for couples etc. two good pools- two hot tubs. Restaurant
had slow service, food was pretty good. Could not order food (not even
snacks)from the bar. I went to towns of Guanica and Yauco for lunch/ dinner
and found very reasonable food/ bars (10 minute drive). Plan on 2-3 hour
drive from San Juan, depending on traffic.

Sea Ventures has two operations- one in Fajardo, near San Juan, which is
poor diving and mainly for beginners, if making reservations, make sure you
book for Guanica.

Contact Info:
Sea Ventures- Guanica PR 

Copamarina Resort-Guanica, PR

Copamarina Resort
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