First of all I need to point out some of the positives about Pepe's. Abdiaz is an amazing, hardworking divemaster. He would get our weight belts set up, hook up our gear and make our dives an easy experience. I also learned real quick that when I heard a rattling sound I knew that Abdiaz had found a sea turtle, lobster, eagle ray, etc. He is a great guy and several of the guys that I dove with over 3 days come back several times a year for many years and dive with Abdiaz and use Pepe's. They also have two boats that are a little small, but they are the quickest on the island and we were blowing by everyone on the way to the sites.
So some of the negatives. Frank is apparently the new owner and he can come off as a little gruff. Not a bad guy, but not always the friendliest. My other beef was with some of the gear. They are charging similar prices to the rest of the island for gear, but the quality is pretty lacking with the BCD's and regulators. They work, but make sure to hook everything up to check for leaks and that the gear works. One guy in our group had to cut a dive short because of a regulator issue. Also the other instructor/divemaster Carlos is pretty lazy. My last day of diving was with several people in our group had just finished getting certified. Maybe Carlos wanted to make sure everyone knew how to set up their gear, but with Carlos not doing anything and having us set up our weights, BCDs, and regulators, it just came off as lazy. Especially when compared to Abdiaz.
So all in all, as a more experienced diver I would recommend Pepe's in a second. There is a reason why locals and regulars have been coming back year after year.
If you need to get certified or need to rent gear, there might be stronger options closer to town.
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