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Dive Review of Vallarta Adventures in
Mexico (Western)

Vallarta Adventures, Oct, 2008,

by Mickey Fivenson, MI, usa ( 2 reports). Report 4513.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments I had one day cruise stop in Puerto Vallarta off of the Norwegian Star. I do not book the cruise dive excursion because it is geared to lowest levels. I booked directly with Vallarta Adventures. I inquired from several PADI 5 star dive operations. They were the only Puerto Vallarta dive shop to respond to my email questions. They were very quick to respond and had a toll free phone number from USA.

Prior Chapbook reports indicated average diving in Puerto Vallarta. I should have believed these reports. To indicate the degree of my boring dive experience, it should suffice to say the highlight of the dive was the excellent lunch complete with meat, beer,salad and dessert. I have dived more than 500 dives. These were two of the most boring dives I can recall. Few fish, minimal live coral, only 30 visibility, approximately a long 70 minute two-boat ride to the dive site. Vallarta Adventure is a large business including many non-dive related trips leading to a cattle-car type operation. There were about 30 to 40 divers and snorkelers on the boat as we left the dock. After about a 45 minute boat ride on a 45 well equipped boat, the advanced divers transferred to a small open boat for another 25 minute ride The dive guide tried to do his best to show us anything of interest, but even the purportedly ever-present nurse sharks did not make an appearance. There were a few interesting tunnels and caves. I am told Mantas come into the bay, but I could not prove it. In all fairness, it was probably my fault I was not weighted correctly on either dive which led to uncomfortable dives. But my incorrect weight, did not change the overall experience of a boring dive experience.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Globally
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 85-°F / 29-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30- Ft/ 9- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions dove with guide
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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