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Dive Review of Dolphin Dive Center/Hotel La Pinta in
Mexico (Western)/Loreto (Sea of Cortez)

Dolphin Dive Center/Hotel La Pinta, Sep, 2006,

by Steve Giles, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3014.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Channel Islands, Bonaire, British Virgins, La Paz, Hawaii, Cozumel, Palau, Fiji, Roatan, Guanaja, Bahamas, Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman, St. Lucia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Diving rules were very relaxed. Divers all began the dive together, but were allowed to dive own profiles and return to the boat at will.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Diving with Dolphin Divers over a three-day period was a very relaxed and enjoyable experience. Owner Bruce Williams doubled as our dive master and went out of his way to accommodate individual requests and provide both historical information about the area as well as recommendations concerning local restaurants.
The dive shop is relatively new and well maintained. Dolphin Divers joins forces with Hotel La Pinta to offer a combination dive/ hotel package. The hotel suffered some heavy damage two weeks prior to our arrival at the hands of tropical storm John, but repair work was in progress during our stay.
Probably the most unique feature about the diving is the black coral which can be found in abundance about the offshore islands of Coronado and Carmen in water as shallow as 60fsw. In addition, the reefs are teeming with a wide variety of tropical critters inclusive of large groupers, morays, lobsters, angels, puffers, baracuda, sea lions, etc. On nearly every channel crossing enroute to the near-by islands, large schools of dolphins were sighted. Diving is done from small boats which accommodated our party of 6 plus the boat captain and dive master very comfortably.
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