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

Sea Ventures/Copamarina Beach Resort, Dec, 2003,

by Ken Hylander, MN, USA ( 2 reports). Report 874.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Florida Keys, Andros, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 0 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Good overall safety precautions. Buddy system with safety stop.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Copamarina Resort is a very well kept property with great grounds. Pools, hot tubs beach etc, were all very clean and comfortable. A family resort with lots of children. There is enough space that it did not seem crowded at all although I suspect occupancy was about 75%. Resort staff was very friendly and responsive. Food is expensive but plentiful and good quality. Nice "outdoor" resturant for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is inside and a bit more formal.

Diving experience was mixed. Copamarina is not a primary dive resort so there were not many divers - which actually was pretty nice. Wall dives had good visibility with large lobsters and interesting nooks to look into. Reef dive visibility suffered a bit due to water turbulence but was acceptable. As typical, many more fish to see on the reef dives. Boat captain (Bill) and divemaster (Shawna) are new to the resort (about 30 days) so they are still finding their way around a bit but overall did a nice job. No rushing and they displayed obvious concern for safety rules both on the boat and in the water.

Only disappointment was condition of resort boats. Two of the three boats were out of commission long term. One of the third boat's engines was close to failure for two days and had to be fixed on our third day which caused our dive trip to be cancelled! I think the new Captain walked into a tough situation here. He seemed very embarassed about the whole thing. Bottom line if you are going to dive at Copamarina - ask about the boats before you commit.
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