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Dive Review of PV Sea Dive in
Mexico (Western)/Puerto Vallarta

PV Sea Dive, May, 2014,

by Mark A. Magers, CA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 23 Helpful votes). Report 7704.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is a very well run diving operation. The owner, Sue, designed the set-up of the boat and it is one of the more functional ones we have been on, especially for its size, which about 32’. It is a “super panga,”, a little longer than most and that helps with comfort when there are 7+ people on board. It is plenty fast. The metal superstructure has not only a nifty giant dive flag sunshade, but storage racks for life vests that also make great places to stuff your shirt, your towel, your sunglasses. I guess youi can tell we admired the boat.

The operation itself was very well organized; we met at the PV Marina ( take a left off the main road on the way to Nayarit at the big whale sculpture). Oddly, though this is a pretty commercial spot right on a nice new marina, there was free street parking. Carlos, the captain, had a pretty good eye, spotting large mantas at the surface, and something called a sardine whale. He was also very good at following the bubbles (everything we did was “drift”) and protective of divers (and snorkelers) from some of the other less professionally captained boats.

Our divemaster was Marc, from England. He did very good briefings, was very aware of the group and monitoring what was going on, a refreshing change from our experience at Barra de Navidad! Marc was also very flexible in letting divers with different skill sets safely maximize their bottom time.

The diving was quite nice, especially the day spent at Islas de Marietas, a National Marine Park about 1.25 hours out from the PV Marina. Though we did not see a lot of coral, we did see pretty healthy marine life, and good bait balls and lots of clouds of very tiny fish. Sue was very open and clear, both while we were planning the trip and once there, as to what the conditions were at various sites. When we arrived in PV I spoke to Sue and she said the temperature at a couple of sites was in the mid-60s and the vis not so great., but 2 days later, when we went out, it was 83 and 40-50 feet. We were lucky to catch it that way. All to say you can get good and honest input from Sue, she wants you to have a good experience and not just book you to dive for the sake of business. She goes on the dives, too, and so has a vested interest in it being good!

Trust her local knowledge of sites and conditions. She won't just take your money.
Websites PV Sea Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15-60 Ft/ 5-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Basically stay near dive master and monitor your air and depth. Briefings gave depth and time parameters as guidelines.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Not a photographer but enough octopus, eels, etc to have some good shooting iy seemed to us.
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