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

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Hylander, MN, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 874
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Florida Keys, Andros, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
0   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Good overall safety precautions.  Buddy system with safety stop.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
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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