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“Excellent Discover Dive”
Review of Taino Divers

Taino Divers
Ranked #9 of 20 Tours in Rincon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We went on the afternoon Discover Dive cruise to the national reserve very close to the marina. Our captain "Miami" Dave and dive master Wally were both just awesome. They were so positive about diving all of us are planing to get PADI certified so we are ready for an open water dive when we return. My daughter was a little freaked and Wally was very patient. He made sure to take things slow and when we finally all made it to the bottom it was amazing. We saw a beautiful Lion fish which Wally informed us was non-native and had no predictors. So he speared it and brought it back for his dinner. It is not a fancy operation, but totally fits with the rustic surfer vibe of Rincon. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

What these guys lack in the form of a pier (manual loading of equipment onto the boat before departure which they turn into a fun group experience), is totally forgotten as soon as they tie up to the mooring at Desecheo.

These were fantastic dives and the surface interval was great. From the vegetarian pasta salad to the divemaster Wally making lion fish sushimi for those of us willing to be adventurous.

These guys really do know how to keep it fun all the time and the 100+ foot visibility that we saw at Desecheo wasn't too shabby either!

2  Thank Stewart S
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Kind of a rinky dink operation here. There is no marina so loading and unloading the boat is a team effort...not a big deal but it was unexpected.
They screwed up our reservation...we had 2 divers and 2 newbs who signed up for 'exploratory' dives. Well...the newbs ended up just snorkeling b/c the crew was understaffed. I was still diving but it was a big let down for the kids.

Other than (mis)management issues the water was clear and the diving was good. I will dive Rincon / Desecheo again...however I will do a little more research next time.

Thank Tee_515
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

My wife and I are avid snorkellers. We'd heard about Desecheo Island and how fabulous the snorkelling and diving was. It was high on our list of places to go in Rincon. We booked with Taino Divers for $180.00 and had high expectations.

A couple of things people should know, if they plan on this trip like we did. First, they use a small boat, and that means a slow trip there and back. On the way back you will get very wet and very cold due to the wind and spray. There is no shelter from the sea spray. Second, you will be expected to help the crew load and unload supplies and air tanks from their boat. Make sure you don't drop a tank on your toes.

Desecheo Island is a reserve so you cannot go on land. That was fine with us. Perhaps, this is a better experience if you dive rather than snorkel. However, if you plan on just snorkelling, the experience does not live up to the hype.

You will have a better snorkelling experience if you go to "Steps" near the Black Eagle Marina. It is a marine reserve that you can access from the beach. It is regarded by many as the best snorkelling site in Rincon. In my opinion, that coral reef is more virbrant than anything you will see on your Desecheo Island excursion.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We settled on Taino because of recommendations to dive Desecheo. They go out there daily but book early especially in high season as their boat fills up! If the weather is bad they have other options, for us the weather was great and we were able to dive Candyland and Las Cuevas. (sites will change dependent on weather, there are lots of options out towards Desecheo). Carson (owner) was great, informative, cautious but let us have fun. Wally was the second dive master, a good diver and lots of fun. That evening we actually went on a night dive (shore dive) with him and rented tanks/gear from Taino. Shipwreck is a great option for good food and beer after your dive (basically connected to Taino).

Equipment: This is my 4th dive location and 1st owned by Americans. Best equipment I've used since being certified. Plenty of options for Wet Suit sizes, fins, BCDs. Everything was in good shape, and they even set up your BC and check the pressure on the boat ride out.

Dive: The dive itself was great, we took the 45 minute boat ride about 15 km from the coast of PR. The water was perfectly clear (100+ ft visibility), our first dive was to Fan City and Candyland. Nice coral, a decent amount of ocean life (one sleeping nurse shark) and lots to explore. One nice thing was that the boat was tied off close by so once we were done with Candyland we came back under the boat and those with air left could explore around there without being rushed to the surface if someone in the group quickly went through their tank.

Las Cuevas was interesting. Mini caves that you swim through, not real caves but just formations that you could swim though and still get light. You get a different type of coral here since they grow without direct light. The interesting part was the surge, which was strange at first but once you got the hang of it was a lot of fun. It basically pushes against you for a few seconds, then pulls and you can swim with it and get some speed. You basically have to time this and use it to get through the formations. Less marine life on this dive but still plenty to do.

Between dives, we had pasta salad, homemade hot sauce, chips and cokes/waters.

Back at the shop they had showers and tubs to rinse your equipment.

Good operation, well run, good equipment, great dives!

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