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Dive Review of Amigo del Mar/Villa del Palmar in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo San Lucas

Amigo del Mar/Villa del Palmar, Aug, 2002,

by Michael Drumstas, Ma, USA . Report 135.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving St.Maartin, Grand Cayman, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 70 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions guided dives return with 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments no rinse tanks on board any of the boats but care was taken when handling equipment

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Cabo San Lucas is known for its fishing but the diving is a hidden gem.Amigo del Mar advertised itself as the most comfortable dive boats in Cabo and they were. They have two tri-marans and a very comfortable pango. We were fortunate enough to have Julio as a dive guide for the week. If the creature was there Julio would find it for you. We also got extended dive times after the others in our group ran low on air and escorted back to the anchor line. Did not see any pelagics but we did encounter abundent life,lots of morays and tropicals. A trip to Carbo Pulma was definitly worth the trip.Two hours from Carbo San Lucas the last 40 min. on dirt roads complete with speed bumps! The setting was idellic and captured what diving on the Baja is all about. The reef has some current but the panga would just follow our bubbles.One beautiful reef! We also dove the sandfalls in Cabo san Lucas where we moored on a sand mound then followed the mound down to 60-70'. Pretty wild watching these rivers of sand running between boulders to who knows what depths.Villa del Palmar is a first class resort with good food and great service.Then there's the shopping and night life of Cabo San Lucas.Quite a place!The only down side was that we were hoping to see a whale shark or Mantas but it was not to be. Next time we'll go in late Sept or Oct and hopefully run into them.
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