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Dive Review of Cortez Club in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

Cortez Club: "La Paz Diving at its finest", Oct, 2018,

by Peter Neubauer, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 10744.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments La Paz is a very nice town we really enjoyed the accomidations and the food in town was excellent. There really are some nice restaurants to choose from. People were friendly and the town it self was very clean and we felt safe the whole time. Cortez Club had very accommodating staff very friendly and knowledgable. Boats were Mexican panga style and little small. The only negative was the lack of a fresh water rinse tank or bucket for my camera. I requested a fresh water bucket but there was no room available on the smaller boats.

Dive Master did a great job with our request for dive sites. I wanted to dive two of their wrecks and she made it happen the very next day. We also swam with whale sharks on our final day which was super cool. I was very glad to see that the local government was very conscientious on how they managed the swim with the whale sharks. No touching and they didn't open the season until enough whale sharks were in the bay. I'm glad to see they are protecting this natural resource.

We also had an opportunity to dive with a manta ray. We only saw one, but I was able to swim along side it and got some great video footage.

And of course diving with the sea lions was also fun and a great photo/video opportunity. My wife and I will definitely go back and dive with the Cortez Club next season.
Websites Cortez Club   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Maldives, BVI, Cayman Islands - Grand, Brac and Little, Cozumel, Honduras, Florida Keys, La Paz Mexico, California Channel Islands, Hawaii, Bahamas, Okinawa Japan
Closest Airport La Paz Getting There Since I live in San Diego the Tijuana airport was the easiest since it then becomes a domestic flight. The border crossing goes directly into the airport. Never have to step foot in TJ.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive profile was following the Dive Master. Which was fine with our group of experienced divers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No fresh rinse buckets on the smaller panga style boats. Lots of interesting subject matter. Friendly sea lions, whale shark, manta ray and some very good size schools of fish. Overall rating only gets 3 stars due to the lack of rinse buckets.
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