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Dive Review of Hurricane Divers/Playa Santa Cruz, Oaxaca in
Mexico (Western)/Huatulco

Hurricane Divers/Playa Santa Cruz, Oaxaca, Oct, 2005,

by Chris Sobin, CO, USA . Report 2153.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Texas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas surge
Water Temp 84 to 61 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 8 to 25 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Minimum surface intervals were observed between dives. Depth limits/profiles weren't applicable for the areas that we were diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I made 5 dives with this outfit from October 24 to October 28. The guides knew the area well, and were flexible about dive sites, and quite safety conscious. Guides all spoke excellent English (much better than my mediocre Spanish). The equipment was all ScubaPro and well maintained. Thier boat (Dignity) was scuba designed, has shade available, and was in the best condition of all of the dive operators' boats that I saw in Playa Santa Cruz harbor. Oxygen equiment was always aboard. We made one all day excursion including two dives, a tour of Huatulco's beaches, and a picnic lunch on the beach. The food was plenitful and simply outstanding. A vegetarian family also joined us on the excursion, and food accomodations were made for their needs as well. Drinks (water, soda, and fruit juices) were always in an iced cooler on all dives, and fresh fruit was provided for us between dives. Rays abounded on the sandy bottoms and included Leopard, Butterfly, Electric, Whiptailled, and Stingrays. Jewelled, Zebra and Green morays were fairly numerous. Our guides also located seahorses, a sea turtle, an angel shark, conch, spiney lobsters, and hundreds of tropical fish among healthy white coral heads. The thermocline was quite pronounced, and wet suits were available if desired. I'm told that vis is typically 25-50 ft. We encountered 8 our first day, and conditions steadily improved to about 25 by the end of our trip. Our depths ranged from 30 to 50 ft, and I was told that deeper dives are around, but the wildlife is most abundant in the upper waters. All told, I would highly recommend Hurricane Divers to anyone visiting the Huatulco area, and I will dive with them when I return.
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