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

Sea Ventures/CopaMarina, Sep, 2005,

by Dennis LeTendre, CO, USA . Report 2185.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Hawaii, California, Mexico, Florida, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 feet on wall, be on hang line with 700 lbs
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat has cleaning tank and ample room for photo equipment.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Second time with Sea Ventures. Catain "Bam Bam" did a great job managing the boat. Good pre dive overview- Has first aid, O2 and life jackets on board. Pointed out all safety aspects very well.

Saw mother pilot whale with baby on way out- Capt Bam Bam slowed boat for us to get better look.

DM Tony did a good job previewing each site, and worked hard to find critters.
Did two dives- one on wall to 110 ft.- with nice sea fans, sponges on the wall.
Saw one nice large 5ft nurse shark, a few nice green morays, and one chained moray. Also- some very large crabs. Reef in good shape, some bleaching. Not many big fish. A few puffers, and a school of barracuda. Lots of blue tangs, yellowtail and other typical Caribbean reef fish.
Copamarina resort is a beautiful place- surrounded by the Guanica Forest. Three pools and three or four hot tubs- fantastic landscaping. Actual full size beds set 2 feet off the sand right on the beach with covers for privacy and "sun control".
Also hiked the Guanica Forest- a United Nations preserve. 700 year old tree, caves, unusual lizards and birds.

One night we went into the town of San German- about 25 min drive from Copamarina resort. Beautiful town with many historical buildings. Found a very exceptional restaurant in San German- "Casa Vieja" Excellent food, service and atmosphere- building was constructed in early 1800s. The owners are the Nelson family-three brothers, mother and father run the restaurant. It was so good, we went back for a second night. We highly recommend "Casa Vieja" in San German.

Contact Info:
Sea Ventures Guanica, PR
787-315-1813

CopaMarina Resort Guanica, PR
787-821-0505

Casa Vieja Restaurant San German, PR
787-264-3954
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