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Dive Review of Santa Rosa DIve Center/N/A in
The Continental USA/Santa Rosa, NM

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Farago, CO, USA
Report Number 1046
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Burmuda, Florida, Jamaica, Honduras
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
61   to 62    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
This is a shore dive with a maximum depth of 80 feet. You dive your own
profile, but remember you are diving at a high altitude, so use a high
altitude dive table!  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
The blue hole is a 81 foot deep artesian well located in Santa Rosa, NM,
which is about 114 miles east of Albuquerque. The water is a constant 61
degrees year round. This is mainly used as a training area for dive
classes, but it is a great place to do some diving if you haven't been in
the water for awhile. You will need a 7mm wet suit year round, gloves and
hood are a good idea but I have dived without. There are many fish and
crawfish, so bring a flashlight to look in the crevices.  There are steps
to get in and out of the water and there is also a platform to practice
giant stride entries. There are two platforms down about 20 feet. There is
a dive shop on location but it is only staffed by one person. You can rent
air tanks and other equipment. The tanks were OK but the other equipment
like the wet suits, were in terrible condition! I would recommend bring
your own gear or rent it from a reputable dive shop somewhere else. You
will need to call the dive shop before your dive day to make arrangements
to get tanks. They do not seem to have set hours and are opened as needed.
There are showers and restrooms at this location, but they are filthy and
don't work well. There was a used condom on the changing room floor! The
Blue Hole is located in a city park, but the city does not seem to want to
put much money into its maintenance. It is very busy on the weekends with
dive training classes, we went on a Wednesday afternoon and we were the
only ones diving. You will need to use a high altitude dive table due to
the elevation at this location, which is about 4,600 feet above sea level.
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