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Dive Review of Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort in
Mexico (Western)/Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort: "Best Diving in Our Hemisphere", Aug, 2018,

by Gary Bruschi, NY, US ( 1 report with 5 Helpful votes). Report 10470 has 5 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Solomon Is, PNG, Maldives, Thailand, Fiji, Cocos, Belize, Honduras, Cozumel (3x), all Caribbean Is (3x each), Sulawesi (Siladen, Lembeh), Florida, Cabo Pulmo (4x)
Closest Airport Cabos St Lucas Getting There AA, frequent flyer miles thru Phoenix, missed return connection, direct flts from NY

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 79 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Yes, 45-50' dives in marine park, strictly enforced[Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Deal with your own cameras, and only go in Oct-Nov. Amazing marine life and excellent visibility. Aug, not so good. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments First of all, I'm not someone who requires 5 star accomodations and fluffy towels. All I care about is diving. Neither my wife nor I are comfortable with luxury. Too many years of camping I guess. The Caribbean is a dead ocean as far as I'm concerned and I've dived every Island multiple times. And that was before the Lionfish. If I'm looking for the best diving, I'm going to the western Pacific. If I want excellent diving in the US/Mexico, I'm going to the Sea of Cortez and Cabo Pulmo. It's outstanding diving but very rustic, which is the way we like it. You can get an air conditioned Casita, but that's not for us. Everything is solar and outages do occur. Wifi is decidedly sketchy. Bring books!

For $1300, my package included two dives, a lovely, fully equipped Casita, and three excellent meals per day, all prepared by Nestor, a superior chef who uses fresh ingredients every day. Presentations that Anthony Bourdain would have appreciated. Best enchiladas anywhere! We paid extra for the two afternoon dives, so with four dives per day, it came to under $3,000 for both of us.

My wife and I are very experienced divers, worldwide, in all conditions(2,000+ dives). Cabo Pulmo has everything. It's s marine park and the Mexican ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Karen Cardin CA, US at Aug 31, 2018 14:54 EST  
My husband and I have been to Pulmo three times and are returning this October for our 4th. Your review is spot on in all respects. You are far more experienced than I, but I've had no issues with the diving off pongas there. The last time we took friends along, they were bored. Some reviews are hateful of the resort and make me laugh! Not luxurious enough! LOL 'nuff said! It's heaven.
By report author: Gary Bruschi in NY, US at Aug 31, 2018 16:53 EST  
Hi Karen. Thanks for your supportive reply. I was worried about writing that review for two opposing reasons, a veritable double edged sword. Either more divers would show up and our paradise would be paradise lost. Or else Iíd be excoriated by people who read it, went there, and hated it, for the very reasons we love it. The Wifi crashed! My feet hurt walking out to the boat! No air conditioning! No fluffy towels! Iím jealous of you guys! Youíre so close! Weíre going back to Indonesia next Aug. Itís amazing. My all time fav is the Solomons, but only on the Bilikiki, and itís a lot closer than Indonesia. From New York, Sulawesi is 30 hours on a plane. So if youíre up for the western Pacific, itís the Solomons. Apex predators, whales, critters, and villages that would make Margaret Mead smile. My home is filled with their amazing wood carvings. If you want to see critters that you canít believe are alive, itís Siladen and Lembeh. Both are adventures of a lifetime. Thanks again Karen.
By Rick Backin WA, US at Oct 14, 2018 16:24 EST  
My only concern of more divers showing up would be if they paved the remaining 10 km of road. I'm betting many turn around after 10-15 minutes of that road. Definitely putting this operation on my list for our return.
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