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Dive Review of MV Sea Escape in
Mexico (Western)/Guadalupe Island

MV Sea Escape: "Great Whites at Guadalupe", Sep, 2017,

by Mark Tarczynski, CA, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9810.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Good: Lots of Great White Sharks (the only thing that really mattered). Food was edible. Crew was helpful and the Divemaster, Benjamin, was pretty cool. Good vis. Sharks came close. Nailed some pretty cool pics. Pretty happy.

The Bad: OMG this boat is filthy. Every night the bottoms of my feet were black ... like I had been walking around in black mud. Do they EVER hose down the decks of this boat? Safety? Well ... let's put it this way ... the door from the dive deck to the salon, on pretty much every liveaboard I've been on, is a steel bulkhead door that seals against water intrusion in case of a catastrophe. In the case of the Sea Escape, the doors are standard issue residential doors that looked like they were purchased from the local hardware store. I am not kidding! The doors seal against nothing!

Commentary: If you are the hearty, uber-macho, California diver type, who likes to spearfish, or drop below 300 feet on tri-mix gas, all of my issues with Sea Escape probably won't matter to you. Most California dive boats are pretty rugged and a lot of California divers are accustomed to an operation like this one. But if safety, and a "clean" operation are important, I would recommend a different liveaboard operation.
Websites MV Sea Escape   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Indonesia, Mexico ... and I did my check-out dive in 1971 in an old rock quarry in Racine Wisconsin in the middle of March ... dry suits weren't invented yet. Oh yeah ... and I was using a J-valve.
Closest Airport San Diego Getting There Fly into San Diego, get picked up at your hotel, drive over the Mexican border to Ensenada and board the boat.

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 73-78°F / 23-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions This is cage diving on a hookah.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales 1 or 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Lots of outlets for charging located inside the salon area. Camera table space is adequate.
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