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We emailed The Peace Project about joining the clean-up dive on a Monday, and were told it would be no problem. We were very excited about getting the chance to go diving in a volcanic crater that was also freshwater (both firsts for us) while helping keep Laguna de Apoyo clean.
We checked with the instructor Sunday night & were told that they typically leave at noon. The next day we started waiting on the main deck at 10:30-10:45 am so we were easy to spot. As 11:30 am approached I inquired about getting our gear sorted to find out they had apparently already left!
This was one of our main reasons for staying on Laguna de Apoyo compared to Masaya or Granada so we were very disappointed to say the least. What would have been a pleasant & new experience turned into a wasted day.
Apparently, the clean-up dive was moved up to accommodate another one later in the day. What we didn't like was that no one told us or tried to find us despite the change & knowing we had wanted to join.
The director tried to have us join the later dive, but a regulator wasn't working properly so they didn't have enough equipment. If you want to get the experience of diving in a volcano on a budget, request the free clean-up dive on Mondays but be persistent and clear on when you go. A simple chalkboard with names & times like any other dive shop would be helpful.