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Dive Review of Underwager Diversions/Marina Sol in
Mexico (Western)/Baja

Underwager Diversions/Marina Sol, Aug, 2006,

by Elaine Matthews, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 2626.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Many carribean locations, Australia, US, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 77 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were led by a Dive Leader, group had to stay together, profile was pre-set.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was no safe storage, and no rinse bucket. I was told to use the fresh water hose to rinse off my camera.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments This was a 'mixed bag' family trip of 8. 1 snorkler, 2 just certified OW divers, 1 OW divers with 3 dives, 1 AOW diver with 50 dives, 1 AOW diver with 100 divers, 1 DM with 500 dives, 1 DM with 2000 dives. We did specifically request 'beginner diving' for the entire group, so as to be together as a family. However, this operation DOES NOT ALLOW you to dive your own profile, so be warned. In all other ways they were very accommodating, the Dive Leader went slow for us (although not as slow at our photographers might have liked), and was great at finding and pointing out things for the whole group. The boats are covered Panga boats, set up for 24 divers. We had 1 day with 16 divers and things were a bit tight. We took 1 night dive with them, again a great Dive Leader experience. The hotel (not connected to Underwater Diversions) is an older condominium. We rented it because it was 5 bedrooms (we were 4 couples). It's getting a bit long in the tooth, but it was very clean. Our A/C didn't quite get cool in the bedrooms, but it wasn't too hot to sleep (as sometimes happens). The pool side restaurant had very good food, and 5 days for 8 people was $1008. The 5 bedroom condo could have easily accommodated 12 or 14 people, as many of the bedrooms had multiple beds. TV, stereo, microwave, dishwasher, etc., plus a nice veranda.

If I was going with the normal 2-4 advanced divers, I probably wouldn't dive with Underwater Diversions again, simply because we like diving our own profiles, but it was great for our mixed group.

We saw a goodly number of sea horses, good size schools of fish, with an inordinate number of porcupine fish on all dives. Had a visit by the sea lions, and a rare 2-pass visit from a young whale shark. The sea floor and wall were all in good condition, without the trash sometimes seen at other Mexico dive locations. I can only stress to the reader that we were looking for "new diver" opportunities and that was what we got--at no time were our new divers stressed. I would go back again to the area to explore the more challenging opportunities.
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