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Dive Review of Baja Diving andService/Club Cantamar in
Mexico (Western)/La Paz

Baja Diving andService/Club Cantamar, Sep, 2006,

by Randy Pedersen, WA, USA . Report 2968.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Pacific Northwest, Cozumel, florida, Fiji, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maximim dive time of 50 minutes - sort of enforced
Suggested no deco dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat had a dry area in the cabin where cameras could be opened without fear of water splashing into them. There were also two rinse buckets on board.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The resort was real nice and the people were very friendly. My wife and I got the "Full fair" meal package, which means 3 meals a day with juice, water or coffee to drink. Carbonated and alcoholic beverages were extra. The food was good and plentiful. The downside of this resort is first, it is located across the street from the main ferry terminal from Mazatlan. There were always many trucks moving in and out of the area 24 hours a day. Also, there is a waste treatment facility not too far away and some people who were in the building on the roadside of the resort were complaining about that. We were in the building farthest from the road (Next to the swimming pool) and were not bothered by the truck noise or the bad odor.

The diving tended to be shallower reefs in less than 60fsw for the most part. When we told them we were interested in more challenging dives they were accommodating.

I went to La Paz to see hammerheads, whale sharks and manta rays and I came home having all three. The Mantas are getting very sparse (Their words, not mine) due to over fishing as are the hammerheads. Both whale sharks I saw were fairly small - one being about 12 feet and the other 15 feet. The manta we saw was about 8 or 9 feet tip to tip.

Will I go back? Definitely!
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