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Dive Review of Private (none) in
Mexico (Western)/Gulf of California

Private (none): "Isla Tortuga", Aug, 2016,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 22 Helpful votes). Report 9050.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We did five days of diving off of Isla Tortuga in the Gulf of California (between Sta. Rosalia and Guaymas/San Carlos) on a private liveaboard. Late August water temperatures were averaging 78-80, with dips to 75 at 130 ft. South point of the island was the best diving. Surface current was present in some dives, but not others; below was mostly calm during the day. Abundant sea life, with turtles, gafftopsail pompano, king and Cortez angels, giant damselfish spawning/defending nests, and other common Sea of Cortez sea life. Occasional sea lion, no sharks. Plentiful dolphins on the crossing.

A nice alternative if you can get there (55 miles from San Carlos, 20 miles from Sta. Rosalia) and worth the trip.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Asia; Carib; Mexico; Hawaii; Red Sea
Closest Airport Guaymas Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 74-82°F / 23-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-40 Ft/ 6-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions, but most diving will be in top 130 feet. A lot of great stuff to see in the 30-50 ft. range, no real reason to go much deeper unless you want to see forests of yellow polyp black coral.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Not a ton of macro here.
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