A group of divers go to La Paz, Mexico and decide upon a dive center to book all their arrangements. Upon arriving, they find they have been ripped off, and their boat is a tub.
Well, I have to sadly say that we are back from our diving holiday in La Paz!! Boo hoo! Not really. That was the worst experience! Somehow, nothing can go sowrong as things do in Mexico. So I’d like to share what we did, learned and experienced with you all.
I have to admit we organized our trip VERY last minute, OK! I’m talking a week before. Just barely enough time to check out an online dive store called Seavenger.com for wetsuits. Based on what we were told we would need a 3/2mm wetsuit and maybe a 5/4mm wetsuit. I had found a few dive centers and after talking with them we decided on one.
Their website seemed fairly informative and initially they were very helpful. They got us our gear in two days. We were 4PADI certified divers, 1 Instructor, 2 Dive masters and 1 Rescue Diver, with our 18 month old baby girl. We stayed at the Grand Plaza Hotel which I have to say was adequate. It isn’t the nicest or newest hotel, appearance- wise, but the staff was extremely helpful and nice. The rooms were absolutely huge! So great for families, there is a fridge and coffee maker too so some evenings or lunches we went to the nearby Walmart which was in walking distance or a 2 minute taxi ride and bought picnic type food to eat. So far so good.
Then came the diving. I have to say, and I’m going to be very honest, I was really let down. As I said, I had made contact with other centers around La Paz, all of which offered us as a group a very fair price, Stupidly I let my guard down a little with the group we went with, and literally the day before we were due to leave it was brought to my attention that the so called ‘ best price in town’ that they had offered us, was actually the going price on their website. I had basically been told that I would get a discount as one of us is an instructor so 10% for the days he dives (I have worked and traveled pretty much all over the place and the normal deal for dive masters and instructors for PADI based centers is a 10% discount).
That was ok, and can be understood considering we made our arrangements at the last minute. What wasn’t ok was our dive boat. One year older, and it could have been there when Moses parted the Red Sea. It was a complete run-down tub, with no “head.” It broke down on the way to the dive. And , it broke down coming back. Another boat had to come and tow us back to port. That boat broke down, I kid you not. Another boat came and it didn’t break down – it ran out of gas! It was midnight when we finally got back. We all decided to scrub the dive trip right then and there and come home. Mexico might be a great place to dive, but I’m not going back soon!