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Dive Review of El Mar Diving Center, Mesa Az./Hacienda Tetakawi Hotel in
Mexico (Western)/San Carlos

El Mar Diving Center, Mesa Az./Hacienda Tetakawi Hotel : "San Carlos, Mexico with El Mar Divers", Jul, 2015,

by Dan Panzica, AZ, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8310 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Sipadan, Palau, Truk Lagoo, Palau, Philippines, Layang Layang, Similans, Kho Tao/Samui, Kona, Cabo, Catalina, Niagara River, Lake Erie
Closest Airport Getting There Bus from Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 20 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions People were allowed to dive their own profile, while the suggested dive time of ~60 minutes was not strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Almost every other guest carried GoPros' while three guests carried higher end, old-school, housings with strobe light systems.

The boat had a large work table on the ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments San Carlos is a quaint beachfront town within the port city of Guaymas in the northern state of Sonora, Mexico and is approximately half way down the mainland side of the Gulf of California. It is a 450 easy driving miles from Phoenix making it the perfect destination for a long weekend dive trip.

El Mar Diving Center in Mesa, Az. is one of the many local dive shops that offer weekend dive excursions to San Carlos, Mexico. Most (El Mar included) offer self-driving caravan trips. El Mar is one of the few offering bus trips. Traveling by bus was a great way to go for my first visit to San Carlos. We departed from the dive shop at 07:30 and arrived at El Mar Diving Center in San Carlos at 15:30 with a couple of well-timed stops for lunch and breaks. The USD $599 cost of the trip included two days of 2-tank diving, transportation, and 3 nights ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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