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Dive Review of M/V Valentina in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

M/V Valentina: "Sea of Cortez with the on the M/V Valentina. Great boat, Amazing Crew", Oct, 2019,

by Kenneth Weinberg, NY, US ( 2 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 11214 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is my second trip on the The Valentina, the last one was to Socorro. It is a large boat with plenty of room for everyone. The rooms were a good size with individual A/C units, a large bathroom and roomy shower. Numerous upgrades since the last trip two years ago. The crew kept everything in great shape and I always came back to a clean room. The food was plentiful and tasty, and there were always snacks and beverages available. The boat has 10 cabins for 20 divers, and the dive deck was large enough to handle all of us. Plenty of room for cameras and all equipment. The pre-dive briefings were right on, and the dive masters were relaxed and knowledgeable. Divers were divided into 3 groups and we dove from Pangas. The dive groups rotated dive order and dive masters. This was a great idea because each one had their own style and we had fun with each of them. Lorenzo was the head dive master and is very experienced and ran a great operation. Jenny and Shizuko also were amazing and great to dive with and took care of our every need. The highlight of the trip was diving with the Sea Lions. The seemed to be there for our enjoyment. We would sit there and they would perform for us, doing acrobatics playing with each other and nibbling on our fingers. Lots of fun. The hammerheads were scarce, we only saw a couple, while one other group saw many more. The trip also including a night dive to watch the Mobulas swim around us. Visibility ranged from fair to good depending on the site, and the seas were pretty calm. The captain moved us when he felt conditions would be better elsewhere. He and the crew were on top of everything. All were friendly, hardworking, and efficient. I never wanted for anything, they carried the gear from the Pangas back to our spots on the dive deck. It seemed like they never stopped, everything on the boat was taken care of.
The MV Valentina is a great operation with a fantastic crew. I hope to return soon. I highly recommend it.
Websites M/V Valentina   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Socorro islands, Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands, Aruba, Costa Rica, Grenada, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Cancun, St. Thomas, Florida
Closest Airport La Paz Getting There Connecting flight from Mexico City, or take the drive from Los Cabos which seems to be the best option.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with the dive master, 50 minutes and back on the boat with 500 psi
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of room for cameras, compressed air available to dry housings, two large camera only rinse buckets
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