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Water conditions for scuba diving

We will post every week here ocean conditions in Puerto Vallarta for Scuba Diving.

We went las days to:

- Monday November 14th to Marietas Islands, water temperature was 78° F at 65 feet deep viz between 10 to 30 feet depending areas, recomendable 7mm wetsuits, we saw moray eels, tropichal fish, rays.

- Tuesday November 15th to Los Arcos, water temperature was 76° F at 90 feet deep and viz between 15 to 20 feet, 7 mm wetsuit, we saw sea horses, moray eels.

- Wednesday November 16th to El Morro and Los Anegados, water temperature was 72°F at 80/100 feet viz between 30 to 40 feet, 7 mm wetsuit, we saw moray eels, tropichal fish and dolphins (last one on board)

- Thursday November 17th to El Chimo and Las Iglesias, water temperature was 74°F at 60/80 feet viz between 50 to 65 feet, 7 mm wetsuit, we saw rays, sea turtles

We are diving just right now at Majahuitas breach and we´ll delivery info on Monday November 21st about conditions for today, saturday november 19th (forecasted Los Arcos) and Sunday november 20th (forecasted to Marietas Islands).

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251. Re: Water conditions for scuba diving

Hi divers at Bay;

We dove yesterday and today at Los Arcos and Mismaloya beach. Really good diving conditions, wáter temperatura at bottom of 80 feet was 78°F so we were not gearing wetsuits.

Visibility yesterday was around 40 feet worst case and 65 feet best. Today we have around 25 feet viz and best was around 40 feet.

We saw a lot of octopus, some jaw fish, couple of rays, giant electric ray, sting ray and butterfly. Some moray eels, panamic Green, jewel and argus.

Big school of parrot fish, some trigger fish.

We saw a baby octopus living in a big shell.

Have a great day.

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252. Re: Water conditions for scuba diving

Today Tuesday July 3rd 2013 we dove at Los Arcos, Devil´s Drop and Las Lajas. We dove with a bottom temperatura of 79°F and surface water temperature of 84°F. No waves, no surge, small current at Las Lajas final of our dive.

We saw sea turtle, Eagle ray, lot of moray eels and a SAMSUMG cellphonefish ;)

Viz was around 40 feet in worst case and 55 feet as best. Last evening storm was really good to clean wáter.

Have a wonderful day at Bay.

Cesar Ortega

Edited: 4:07 pm, July 03, 2013
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253. Re: Water conditions for scuba diving

We dove yesterday, Thursday July 4th at Majahuitas and Colimillas beach. We have a great encounter with dolphins just in front of Majahuitas beach south. We dove more tan 50 minutes each dive and we have wonderful diving conditions.

First tank dive we dove till 76 feet deep with a water temperature at bottom of 79°F, viz was around 80 feet. We saw eveything ;) Moray eels, octopus, sea graden eels, Popeye fish, lot of cornet fish and some ball of silver fish.

Second tank dive was till 55 feet deep with a water temperature at bottom of 80°F, viz between 60 and 80 feet. We have a good time when we have a big schools of red snappers having rounding us during more than 10 minutes, a big Panamic Green Moray Eel, probably around 6 feet size, lot of octopus and our special of day was a puffer fish trying to bite my pointer light and following Jason (one of our divers) for a coupole of minutes, in front of him and facing him continously.

Last hurricane efects and new one that come to the area (far away) will take over cold wáter from ocean, so will have an increasing of temperature at bottom on next days ....

Such peacefull dives.

Have a great day at Bay.

Cesar Ortega

Edited: 11:39 am, July 05, 2013
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254. Re: Water conditions for scuba diving

Hi divers at Bay;

We dove last two days at Los Arcos. Good diving conditions with some small waves and surface surge. Conditions due our last hurricane "Eric".

Water temperature 82°F and viz around 60 feet at 60 feet deep day before yesterday and viz around 40 feet at 45 feet deep yesterday.

We did a night dive yesterday too. We saw lot of shrimps, an octopus really active and lot of zebras moray eels. Bioluminescence everywhere.

Really busy last week and this week, summer is here.

Have a wonderful day at Bay.

Cesar Ortega.

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255. Re: Water conditions for scuba diving

Because we have a low pressure channel on our area actually, we have a forecast for today and tomorrow morning from SNM "CONAGUA" (Mexican Government Department for Weather). Cloud and 80% chance of rain in strong to very strong with power and potential activity of hail in the Pacific Center, where temperatures will be temperate to warm and the winds, West of 25 to 40 mph with gusts. Expecting have an air temperature around 90°F.

The prediction of maximum rainfall, with validity up to 6 hours of July 10, the SMN provides intervals of showers with storms.

So keep an eye to the rain.

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256. Re: Water conditions for scuba diving

Hi divers at Bay.

We dove last couple of days at Los Arcos and Mismaloya beach.

Since July 10th, so means, 11th, 12th and 13th water have same range of temperature, this means around 82°F till 86°F so really good news. We had some difference for viz between days, deep and area, starting in 30 feet and growing till 70 feet.

Some good encounters with sea turtle and still (this is a very good sign) a lot of octopus everywhere. Big moray eels, seeing again a good number of Panamic Green and lot of tropical fish really active protecting their eggs from another fish.

This is good time for taking a certification program, water is warm, so no wetsuit need it, so better chance to control a neutral buoyancy for beginners and good viz so far. Because people are capable to control much better their neutral buoyancy it means longer underwater dives. We already finishing with 6 certification and people were delighted with water conditions.

Have a wonderful day.

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257. Re: Water conditions for scuba diving

hello cesar,

one question for you...we just came back from vallarta and the water was packed with stingrays, can u please tell us what type of stingrays those were and how dangerous are they ?...we swam every day and nobody got injured, but the flag was blue everyday...

thank you !

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258. Re: Water conditions for scuba diving

Hi Alunelu ;

You can find here Pelagic, Diamond and Longtail sting rays (usually biggest one), but most common sting rays are Cortez (also commonly known as sotted round ray), Round and Reef sting rays, they are similar in shape, color and size and usually tend to ignore divers and swimmers, but bold when closely approached. If you keep a distance with them (as most of animals) and only observe them will never approach to you or have a reaction on your presence. Sometimes they are under sand and no so far from shore, but actually with our warm wáter they have a tendence to go deeper.

Hopefully info will be good for you.

Have a good day.

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259. Re: Water conditions for scuba diving

muchas gracias !

i looked up all the types u mentioned and it's possible to be the longtail one as the colour is similar, but these ones were smaller than what i found on the net, had about 30-40 cm diameter and they were diamond shaped...people were calling them manta raias , but i know that those are supposed to be quite large, is it possible that these ones were young?...

your info is really appreciated !

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260. Re: Water conditions for scuba diving

Usually Longtail stingrays have a disc size between 2 and 3 1/4 feet size their distinctive features are that have a pointed snout, pointed "wing" tips form diamond shape, have a long tail, exceeding diameter of disc with long narrow pointed tip. They usually stay starting 1 feet till 140 feet deep.

If your rays had short tail, same size to disc body probably were Round stingrays.

If your ray had a front edge of wings concave leading into slightly bulging and bluntly rounded snout with a very short tail but a mid size disc from 3-4 feet till 4 1/4 feet probably was a Butterfly Ray.

All of this have different kind of light brown colors.

If you ray was approaching to shore couple of minutes before sunset, so evening, they usually go out of water looking for crabs and food and waiting for next wave bring them at bottom. This rays are usually Round stingrays.

Biggest ray at the ocean are calling usually MANTAS.

Hopefully this info will help you to identify your new friends.

Have a good day.

Cesar Ortega

Edited: 4:03 pm, July 16, 2013