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Dive Review of Oceans Unlimited in
Puerto Rico/Desecheo

Oceans Unlimited, Aug, 2004,

by Craig Pino, VA, USA . Report 2002.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I wish my original report had been published a few years ago! If you go to Puerto Rico, you HAVE to go to the west coast. I have been out with Oceans Unlimited numerous times, and Jim and Lisa some of the friendliest people you ever want to meet. They make you wish you could have people like them on all of your dive trips. Their 47 ft boat is great for offshore, has a spacious deck with lots of seats, space for gear and a cooler. It also has a place to lay on top of the big enclosed cabin to get some sun. The cabin has seats and tables, with plenty of room for lunch. (They serve the best lunches of any operator short of a live aboard.) They offer any type of instruction/sevices you can think of, including NITROX.
The diving in western Puerto Rico is fabulous. This is the best visibility I have been in, with excellent coral. Sharks, eels, sting and eagle rays, plenty of turtles, and even the occasional manta ray have been seen and photographed on their trips. They even showed pictures of their humpback encounters earlier in the year! Their website has a lot of information about the area and accomodations.

For Puerto Rico, there are a lot of reviews for Parguera divers. While they are a good operation, the dives and visibility aren't as good as the west coast, and the boat is smaller. What ever you do, avoid Taino Divers. They are sloppy don't care about/damage the reefs, the boat is small and crowded, and some of their "divemasters" are just certified divers that go along as guides. Some of them even brag about they "just love to dive, so I only work for beer."

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving PR, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 0-100 Ft/ 0-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions strict headcount, return with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments rinse bucket, tables in enclosed cabin, crew will handle camera in/out of water for you if you want
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