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Dive Review of Rumbo Azul/Hotel Goleta - Playa Den Bosa in

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Gilbert & Anita Yeager, N.J., USA
Report Number 907
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Florida, NJ, Carabeian, Pennsylvania 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
70   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving was pretty laid back. 500psi on return, Dive master was a good Guide
and kept and eye on the group with out limiting your experience.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Not friendly for UWPs. No Set ups and no room for extra equitment. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Rumbo Azul (blue direction) dive center was small with little supplies at
the Playa ben Bosa location. They do have other locations on the Island
with larger facilities. Dive shop was very laid back and friendly. No
pressure of any sort and willing to assist with all your needs. Director
and dive masters Were very Knowlegible Yet not intrusive to your dive
profile. Water was Deep Royal Blue with excellent Vis. the entire time we
were there. Up to 150 feet. Very warm tempratures. Alot of small fish and
limited colors on most dives. Mostly Mulitlevel Wall diving and they only
ran their large dive boat one day a week for an all day trip - 10am until
7pm . This trip was great for seeing the Island and the scenary. Very
crowded through for the first dive and then basic divers were taken back to
shore. New tanks were loaded up for the second dive. Lunch was included
with a break to swim in a beautiful Cove before continuing onto Es
Verdra.(the second dive location) Many moras and some Octopus, No large
fish. The rest of the week Diving was for the hard core diver. Trips were
run with a 20' inflatable and traveling was ruff. No dive ladder aboard
this boat now I know how the navy seals do it. Although diving Was
hard-core the patforma Espardell, the only wreck dive,( a collapsed fish
farm platform)Was very interesting. 120feet depth and always surrounded by
the largest school of barracuda in the world....thousands of them. The
hotel Goleta Was wonderful, large resort, clean ,very helpful employees,
Good food. The rest of the Island had alot to see and do (shopping and
dining.) One big Warning!!! Have a rental car reserved Way ahead of time
and be careful about signing rental contract. A ten day $350 car rental
Turned into $1200 dollars on a poorly printed contract (in spanish)and
still disputing outragious insurance charges tacked on at the Avis counter.
A rental car is nessesary for this Island.
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