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Dive Review of Sea Ventures Dive/Copamarina Resort in
Puerto Rico/Guanica

Sea Ventures Dive/Copamarina Resort, Apr, 2005,

by Bruce Wallace, IN, USA . Report 1743.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cancun, Caymans, Florida Keys, Guadeloupe, Indiana, Puerto Rico, Red Sea and Vietnam
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500# at safety stop, dive own profile after checkout dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Excellent care on boat for camera equipment - shore facilities in PR include all developing (1 hr available).

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Hesitant about PR, but read in UC about southwest coast walls - made package with Copamarina Resort - great price - better accomodations. This is a first class - 5 star resort. All activities - lively bar and close to town with great restaurants and clubs. Sea Ventures is run by contract divers with own boat - every facility on board due to US Coast Guard requirements. Super clean gear and shop. No touch equipment rules in effect (picked up at room and delivered clean after last dive). The diving centered mainly off coast slightly west of resort (10 minute ride). Bam-Bam is a riot as DM and Bill is a great host and DM. Dives are in warm water (81+) all the way down to max depth (130'). Most of the first dives are wall dives with edge at 55' and black coral formations starting there. We were amazed at how pristine the reef was for PR. Second day/first dive we heard loud "rumblings" under the water - back on board we all watched a huge pod of humpback whales breeching and breeching and breeching - this went on for over 30 minutes no less than 300m off the port side. There were six of us on board and we could not stop screaming "look there" - "look there" as whale after whale breeched. Looked like an ad for a well known insurance company and was the talk of the resort and community for days. We dove the second dive and stayed under for over an hour listening to the whales' songs. What a thrill. Diving every first dive on sheer walls dropping over 1,000 feet is exciting, especially when the swim throughs (tunnels) are added which are entered at 60' and exited on the wall at 115' to 130'. It's a diver's dream along with the reef fish and turtles. No sharks, but lots of morays and barracuda. This is a little known and dived resort which was not crowded and we had no more than 6 divers on boat each day for 6 days. Many of our friends have gone to Copamarina and their reports are excellent as well.
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