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Dive Review of M/V Valentina in
Mexico (Western)/Socorro Islands

M/V Valentina: "Socorro Islands - mantas, mantas & more mantas!", Nov, 2018,

by Phil Johnston, Bayswater, AU (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 10793 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia/Bali, Cocos, Cozumel, Tonga, Galapagos, Tahiti, Maldives, Mozambique, Bahamas, Red Sea, Roatan, Philippines, Hawaii (Kona, Maui)
Closest Airport San Jose Del Cabo (SJD) Getting There I flew direct flight from LAX

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 25 to 26 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 12 to 24 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The usual - no deco diving, max 100 foot, 60 minutes, 500 PSi on return
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 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 No comment as I'm not an UWP ... 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 N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments My first visit to the Socorros – my expectations were high based on comments from divers I have met who previously dived the Revillegigido Islands. I found the Socorros to be similar to Cocos & Galapagos Islands – highly variable diving, some sites better than others & individual sites being highly changeable in terms of visibility, currents & marine life sighted.
THE BOAT & OPERATOR : my experience with Azul Fun Fleet / MV Valentina’s administration was a little disappointing. I filled out their Liability & Nitrox waiver forms on-line & sent these back via my travel agent some months prior to the cruise, upon boarding I was asked to complete these again. My travel agent was also contacted by Azul Fun Fleet shortly before the cruise & asked to forward a copy of my passport to them, I had already left Australia by that stage so my travel agent had to track me down to ask for a copy to be sent. This was apparently to meet last-minute requirements from the Mexican Navy, who undertake a passport inspection for all boat passengers who arrive at the islands.
The boat itself was in good condition & no breakdowns were experienced. The Valentina is a la ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By peter bernsteinin FL, US at Dec 10, 2018 15:02 EST  
good report
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