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Dive Review of Chico's Dive Center in
Mexico (Western)/Puerto Vallarta

Chico's Dive Center, Jul, 2007,

by Thomas R. Chase, KY, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 3426.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Cozumel, Hawaii, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, California, Florida, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Lake Superior
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return with 1,000 psi and out of water at 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Not geared toward photographers

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My daughter and I booked our trips through Chicos web site. We went to Marietas Island which is known for large pelagics. Unfortunately the visibility was poor due to heavy rainfall. The water was also fairly cold (72 F below the thermocline). The next day we did a combined snorkel/dive trip with my other daughter and wife (non-divers) to Majahuita. That was a very nice trip. The only drawback is the boat is very slow.

Our last dive was a night dive at Los Arcos. It was excellent. The visibility was not great, but the abundant life was stunning. I have never seen so many eels in numbers or variety. They also had schools of puffer fish. My daughter saw a couple of seahorses at the end of the dive.

The staff were outstanding and did everything they could to accommodate us. Especially helpful were the staff from the shop at Barcelo Resort (where the night dive departs). The conditions werent the best, but the staff and service were great. I would highly recommend Chicos if you are diving in the Puerto Vallarta area.
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