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Dive Review of Island Scuba/Parador Guanica 1929 in
Puerto Rico/Guanica

Island Scuba/Parador Guanica 1929, May, 2012,

by Joan Wilson, OK, US ( 2 reports). Report 6550.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Roatan, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Vincent, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, Corn Island, Costa Rica, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions just follow your own computer
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments The rinse tank on the boat was a cooler filled with salt water. No rinse tank back at the shop, but a fresh water hose was available on board.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Pedro and Nayda run/own the dive shop, and they are very anxious to take care of the divers needs. They provided beverages and snacks between dives, and did a fresh-water hose rinse of your dive gear before they stored it for the night. They were also helpful in suggestions of places to eat in the area.

The reef top is deep ( 45-70 feet ) so the depth issues with your computer are more of a factor than air consumption. By the time we were at half a tank, the computer had us into the caution zone a tick or two out of decompression, so we spent the last half of the dive hanging at 25-30 feet with the ocean bottom well below us. I think this would be a perfect place for Nitrox as most of the diving is in the 40-80 foot range.

The dive sites are a short boat ride away from the shop ( 10-20 minutes ) and their spacious boat is well equipped for diving with a good ladder and rear platform.
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