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Dive Review of The Cortez Club/La Concha Hotel in
Mexico (Western)/La Paz

The Cortez Club/La Concha Hotel, Oct, 2010,

by Douglas Hansen, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 6322.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California, British Columbia, Bonaire, Curacao, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Palau, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Florida, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions One hour limit, no decompression
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments No rinse tanks on boats for cameras. No safe storage for cameras. We had to hold our cameras in our laps the whole boat ride. The crew was careful in handling the cameras, and they did provide a cooler filled with water at the dive shop for rinsing the cameras.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Cortez Club has a number of boats, but the ones we saw seem quite small. The boat rides to the better dive sites are one and one-half to two hours each way. There are no heads on the boats. Nitrox is available, but it is an additional cost, as is lunch and the marine park entrance fee. The diving is quite expensive, but, considering the distances involved, the charges may not be all that exorbiant. The crew also found a whale shark for us to snorkle with at no extra cost. There was an opportunity to dive with sea lions, and we saw a couple of sharks in the distance at El Bajo. El Bajo was quite crowded, with one live-aboard and several other day boats all trying to anchor on the pinnacle. The diving is fairly typical of Baja diving, with a few sea fans and the occasional coral head, but with some impressive schools of fish. We did feel that the diving was better (and less expensive) in Cabo Pulmo.

The hotel was clean, but well worn, almost to the point of being run down. Bathroom fixtures were corroded, and the draperies had holes in them. I had to request bottled water each day we were there, and it took them over a day to replace burnt out light bulbs. I understand that the condominiums are newer and in better shape, but we did not have the opportunity to confirm that.
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