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Dive Review of Sea Ventures in
Puerto Rico

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by William Ungerman, CA, USDA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4280
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indo-Pacific, California, Caribbean, Tropical Atlantic, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Pretty liberal but the divemaster was attentive and if you needed attention
or help, he was there.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Not foused on U/W photography requirements.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
We made advanced arrangements to dive with Sea Ventures through their
website.  They have operations at three PR locations.  We opted for the
Humacao/Palmas Del Mar location after talking to Kristine, their booking
coordinator.  Sea Ventures is located in the gated community of Palmas Del
Mar, an upscale facility occupying hundreds of acres about an hour's drive
southeast of San Juan.  We scheduled and were booked for five days of
tw0-tank AM dives.  We arrived on Sunday and were promptly advised by
Kristine that there was a problem diving on Monday.  The excuses ran the
gamut from a Coast Guard inspection, the boat needing repair, the boat
captain leaving and making trouble and a few others.  Bottom line:  No
diving on Monday unless we were willing to drive fifty miles to their
Fajardo location and go out with that boat.  Ah, no thanks.  

On Tuesday we got out for the dive on the 42 foot jet drive boat.  It was
big and comfortable with "Felix" as D/M.  He was professional,
courteous, and responsible.  We dove "Islands In The Sand" and
"The Room," aka, "The Crack."  Neither one was
noteworthy and both unimpressive even judged by Caribbean standards.
However, we did find a Nurse Shark in a little caveran.  These are virtual
open ocean dives with land on the distant horizon.  The seas were rough,
real rough and the reboarding ladder was a lethal weapon.  Hang on to the
current line and pull your way back in.  Currents were strong but

We went out again on Wednesday and did a couple more dives on sites called
"Lidia's Reef" and "Briar Patch."  These were carbon
copies of the first two and were indistinguishable.  Besides a couple of
huge French Angels there wasn't much else.

That night we received a call from Kristine cancelling the Thursday dives. 
It seems that there were a number of insurmountable problems again,
although I strongly suspect that the real problem was that they couldn't
get anymore divers to go and they didn't want to go out with just the four
of us.  Now, we were originally promised that the first day of diving would
be at the rate of $109.00 per person for the two dives with the subsequent
days discounted by 10, then 15, and finally 20 percent.  Well, despite the
fact that they were cancelling the dive days, they refused to honor the
discounts beyond the ten percent.  Point to note:  Sea Ventures is the only
game in town.

Our family of four opted to cancel the balance of the diving which was
probably just as well because it was learned we were going to be cancelled
anyway because of the lack of (either/or) a boat captain or the requisite
number of divers. I'll let you draw your own conclusion as to our level of
satisfaction overall.  Now, admittedly, we only dove one small part of
Puerto Rico and I understand that Vieques and some parts on the Western
coast have good diving.  I'll leave that to be verified by someone else. 
However, my philosophy remains that a bad day diving still beats any day
working.  And a positive not:  Sea Ventures has great T-shirts.
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