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Dive Review of Cabo Pulmo Sportcenter/same in
Mexico (Western)/East Cape/Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo Sportcenter/same: "Good Operation in Rural MX in the Marine Reserve", Nov, 2018,

by Kevan Urquhart, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10777 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 2 AM dives $110 + $25 for full rental, if needed. Afternoon dives or fishing only available if things are very calm, so can't be booked ahead or relied upon. 10% PayPal deposit required for reservations, and cash on site for balance. Brand new Panga. New rental gear. Lodging clean and basic, with kitchen and chest freezer for fish. Ours had no refrigerator, whereas others did. Meals purchased separately in 3 of the ONLY 6 local restaurants. No market. One snack shop on the main road open some days, and one minimally stocked store as part of one restaurant. We arrived at the end of four days of high winds and were blown out the first day. Only the more sheltered and less spectacular sites were accessible on our 2nd day. They gave us a choice of the northern-most near-shore reefs and a short boat ride, or a 30 minute one to the southern-most near shore reefs. They would also have sent a guide car with us to drive the 20+ minutes south and do a beach pick-up drop off if desired to avoid the boat time. Divemaster Marco was very good. Briefing was clear, and explained why free-roaming wasn't feasible in drift diving the steady intermediate currents. Took extra care of our one beginning diver. Went out 6 to a boat that could handle up to 8. Owner/Captain was good also. We will go back and do business with them again to enjoy the town and see the better reefs. SUMMARY - great, locally owned, small Mexican dive operator for a rural area. Don't expect resort standard facilities. The only reefs we could get to due to conditions were unspectacular. But the area has such a good reputation, I'll try on more time in the future.
Websites Cabo Pulmo Sportcenter   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving CA, Puget Sound, Belize, Bonaire, Caymans, Florida, Thailand, Mexico
Closest Airport La Paz/San Jose del Cabo Getting There Car from SJdC, last 12 km is a rough dirt road, passable by 2WD SUV in dry weather, but 4WD in wet season.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35-60 Ft/ 11-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Drift diving required staying with the group so the boat can track bubbles
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments No specific UW camera set ups on any companies Panga that I could see. They bring out a clean tub of fresh water for all gear after you get in, and will do a separate one for cameras. They know how to transfer and protect cameras on the boat. Because we dove the lesser reefs right after they were stirred up, conditions were still turbid, and things weren't far out of their crevices. But even so, the inner reefs don't look that spectacular, despite it being a National Park for 20+ years, and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
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