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

Cabo Pulmo Beach Resort, Apr, 2012,

by Mark A. Magers, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 6612.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving GBR, Hawaii, Dominica, Saba, Cayman, Cuba, ABCs
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 68 to 74 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 1 to 20 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions There appeared to be a pretty strict 45-50 minute rule, not dictated by computer or tables
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We knew we were not in the right season for Cabo Pulmo, and water temp and viz were as we expected. No misrepresentation there. It was very cold, but cold is OK is you can see things. The viz was OK (20') on our first dive at El Bajo, have never seen so many pufferfish in one place, they were as common as sand. Must have see 100 on the first dive. The schools overall were big, the fish in the schools big, and we could see very large schools move past us but just out of visibility range. Looked more like moving rock formations, large shadows. Can only imagine what it is like in the right season. We were only divers on the boat.

Because we were at low season, it appeared they were breaking in new dive masters. So there was a dive where we could not find the site for about 10 minutes. Not a deal killer, and sort of understandable when the viz is 5 feet or so.

The accommodations, we stayed in one of the casitas, it was perfectly nice, clean, comfortable, quiet (keeping in mind we were off season). If you go to stay a while, bring in as much of your supplies as you need, this place is really off the grid, 10 kilometers of washboard dirt road once you leave the paved road. Have read some reviews about CP Beach Resort that people were disappointed as it is not "a resort". It is pretty well known it is off the grid, so I guess it depends on your expectations. We will be back (in season) and will try other operator(s) and accommodations. There are a few places to eat, all walking distance.

We did hear from La Paz operators later in the week that CPBR does a decent amount of day trip trade from Cabo San Lucas, and that drives the 45 minute dive profiles. Don't know if that is true but we did experience pretty time-set diving.

One other thing, they give you a wrist band to show you paid the park fee, it is like ton ones you get at the hospital, and if you take it off you have to pay for another one. If you are diving elsewhere (like La Paz) you can leave it on and not pay the fee again. Not a big deal, the fee goes to support the resource, just an FYI.
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By carole pertofsky in CA, US at Oct 15, 2014 19:10 EST  
When is the low season in which you dived? thanks, Carole
By mark magers in CA, US at Oct 15, 2014 20:26 EST  
We dived leate April. Expert opinion is Aug -Nov is best, 76-84 degrees F, 40-90 feet viz. Google high season to dive in cabo pulmo And look at UWPhotography result.
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