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Dive Review of La Parguera Divers in
Puerto Rico/La Parguera

La Parguera Divers, Dec, 2005,

by June Jefford, NM, USA . Report 2221.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments La Parguera Divers (not associated with any resort or hotel) was outstanding in service and safety. Angel, the owner, was boat captain. He worked well with divers of all experience levels. I was impressed by his patience and concern for a beginner in our group who was doing a "Discover Scuba" dive. For our group of three experienced divers, he made sure we saw a different site each day. Victor and Robbie, the divemasters, were personable, careful, and safety-conscious. All were concerned that we saw all parts of their beautiful wall. Size of the group varied from five to thirteen. We were unable to do a night dive because there was a minimum of five people, and we were only three. I felt lucky we had read Undercurrent about this quality operation. We stopped by the competing dive shop, Paradise Divers, and were treated rudely and condescendingly. Other divers on our trips had very negative experiences with Paradise. La Parguera is a quality operation, and we got it right the first time, thanks to Undercurrent.
We made a misstep in booking accommodations. We selected "Andy's Chalet and Guest House" because it advertised a "fully equipped kitchen." What a joke. "Fully equipped" consisted of one plate and one glass. We had booked a two-bedroom. They ushered us into a dirty, cramped, dim one-bedroom. When we protested, they reluctantly gave us another tiny room with dark walls, filthy shower and one bare bulb. The next day, we told our story to Roxanna, Victor's wife and also a La Parguera employee. She helped us locate a large, cheerful apartment downstairs from where she lives in the back of Sammy's hardware store and mini mart. I don't have an address. After moving out of Andys, our on-shore experience completely turned around. Both the diving and the friendliness of the people at La Parguera exceeded my expectations.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Saba, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Hawaii, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 76-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits, air limit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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