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Dive Review of M/V Valentina/Fun Azul Fleet in
Mexico (Western)/Southern Sea of Cortez

M/V Valentina/Fun Azul Fleet: "As good as 38 years ago!", Aug, 2019,

by Thomas H Rynalski, FL, US ( 2 reports). Report 11068.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Last visit to Sea of Cortez was 38 years ago, on our first live-aboard (M/V Marisla II). One of our two dive masters on the Valentina had been on that boat. Many areas where we dived are now marine preserves. We were amazed at the amount and diversity of fish life there. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, California, Channel Islands, Flower Gardens, Michigan, Ohio, Hawaii, Alaska, Ontario, British Columbia, North Carolina, Palau, Truk, Socorro, Sea of Cortez, Cozumel, Dominica, Silver Banks, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Galapagos, Cocos Island, St. Lucia, St. Martin, US Virgin Islands, Tobago.
Closest Airport La Paz Getting There 12-hr flight with multiple stops if from San Diego to La Paz, so we walked over the Cross-Border Bridge from San Diego directly into Tijuana airport (nice, clean and modern), checking in and clearing customs/immigration in 30 minutes. Took a less-expensive 2-hr flight to La Paz on Volaris Air. Be aware, some cruises start in La Paz and end in Cabo or vice versa.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 73-78°F / 23-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 45-50 minute dives. No deeper than 100 ft. Ascend at 700 psi with 20-ft safety stop.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments See above. Crew handles cameras if requested. Divers cautioned not to toss fins or weights into pongas to avoid camera damage. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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