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Dive Review of Baja Quest & Baja Expeditions/Los Arcos Cabanas in
Mexico (Western)/La Paz, Baja

Baja Quest & Baja Expeditions/Los Arcos Cabanas, Oct, 2002,

by Tina Petersen, NE, USA . Report 459.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Baja Quest – Caters to Japanese divers. They had to bring in an dive master fluent in English to dive with us - we were the only 2 Americans that week. Since they only had 5 divers that week they took out only small boats. We went to their shop to eat breakfast every morning – then headed out on a small Panga. Lunch was packed on the boat – and often included the captain making a salad from a 1 gallon jar of unrefrigerated mayonnaise. We had a different boat all four days we dove, two of which were rented from the marina or another dive shop. Mario, our temp dive master was not impressive. At El Bajo the current was whipping and he didn’t go over the anchor line decent with us. Luckily I figured it out before I jumped off the boat – I had never done such a challenging dive before – but we saw 2 hammer heads off in the distance – only for a second and then they disappeared. Swells were 7-9 feet one day in our 20’ panga – and were were all praying to make it. Water temp got to you by 3rd dive in a 3mm suit – needed a hood or another suit. All in all the diving in La Paz was great – got to play with 3 12’ mantas, loved playing with the sea lions. Schools of Mexican Baracudda, bait balls, free swimming morays – wonderful! Very little coral but if you want to see big stuff, La Paz is the place to go. We wanted to dive a 5th day with Baja Quest – but they said they had already made other arrangements for the other 2 divers they had signed up. Turns out they sent them to Baja Expeditions for the day along with their Japanese dive master. Be careful making payment – a check they received and had to send back to me becuase it was made out to the wrong person got “lost” in the mail.
Baja Expeditions – Diving on the Rio Rita was great! Breakfast, lunch and snacks are cooked fresh in front of you on the boat. The food was awesome. Full cooler to grab a pop between dives and beer after the 3rd dive. Also served up margaritas and chips with fresh guacamole on the ride home. Camera table, gear rinse barrel right on the boat. The Rio Rita is a slow boat – but the ride was lots of fun. Robert and Alfredo were wonderful dive masters – catered to your skill level. We are going back this year to dive with Baja Expeditions again.
Los Arcos Cabanas – rooms were clean, maid service good. Mini bar – cheap - $2 beers – always fully restocked the next day. Pool was cold – it sat in the shade most of the day – but it was quiet. Restaurant/Bar at Los Arcos was good – and good prices. Hotel is perfect location for strolling through town and walking to restaurant for dinner.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Honduras, Costa Rica, Florida, Bahamas, Jamaica, & Nebraska!
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 68-75°F / 20-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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