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Dive Review of M/V Valentina in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

M/V Valentina: "Sea of Cortez by Liveaboard", Nov, 2017,

by Jacob Rosenstein, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10028 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Red Sea, California Channel Islands, Cuba, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Los Cabos Getting There There's an airport in La Paz, where the boat is docked, but it takes forever to get there from San Francisco, CA. There are no non-stop flights. So I flew to Los Cabos and took a Shuttle van to La Paz. It worked well on the way to La Paz, but was a nightmare on the return to Los Cabos due to severe damage to the roads and bridges from Tropical Storm Lydia.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We were split up into 3 groups, and had to stay with the Dive Master.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A 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 There's a large camera table equipped with compressed air guns and storage bins below. There are large rinse buckets for camera gear. ... 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 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments
I really enjoyed my adventure on this liveaboard. The promise of snorkeling with whale sharks came through. I came close to several juvenile whale sharks as they were feeding in the Bay of La Paz. My group didn't see any Hammerhead sharks, although other divers did. Our D.M. Lorenzo tried 3 times at the El Bajo seamount ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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