Club Cantamar Resort, La Paz

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(4 REVIEWS)

 

Destination: Mexico

Manzana F Lote 1 Puerto de, Pichilingue, 23208 La Paz, BCS, Mexico | Full board + 2 dives from $165/ppn

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Club Hotel Cantamar Quick Pitch

A La Paz dive resort designed for divers and home to a large fleet of dive boats. Club Cantamar is great for groups!

 

Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 42
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: AC, pool, swim-up bar, private beach, restaurant and more
  • WiFi: Yes, free
  • Nearest International Airport: Manuel Márquez de León International Airport
  • Airport shuttle: Yes 

 

How to Get There

With an international airport, Manuel Márquez de León International Airport (LAP), La Paz is only two hours away from Los Angeles or Mexico City, with most flights arriving from Mexico City, Guadalajara or Los Angeles. Once on the ground, it's a quick shuttle ride to the dive resorts. Club Cantamar is located approximately 45 minutes north of the La Paz airport.  

 

Dive Overview 

The Sea of Cortez has sea lions, whale sharks and large schools of fish. Dive sites are usually 1.5 - 2 hours away though.

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Accommodations

Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Club Hotel Cantamar Room Overview

All guestrooms are carefully decorated and designed to meet your needs for a relaxing getaway. There is a tranquil fountain in the center of the building. Standard amenities included private bath with shower, air conditioning, cable TV with remote control and direct dial telephone. Racks for diving equipment and bathing suits, Iron and Ironing boards and hairdryers are provided in some guestrooms.

 

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Standard Rooms 

All standard rooms have ocean views, quiet air conditioning system, and comfortable rustic style furniture. All rooms have satellite TV and most rooms have telephone.

 

Condos

The condos are located at a supreme location only steps away from the beach. There are only 4 condos total in the resort, each with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchenette, dining room, living room and private balcony. The Cantamar condos are perfect for those who want to be secluded and share the comfort of having a home away from home.

 

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Resort Facilities

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Club Hotel Cantamar Features

  • Air-conditioning
  • On-site restaurant, bar and lounge
  • Fresh-water swimming pool with swim-up bar
  • Private resort beach
  • Resort marina ‘Marine Pichilingue’ with docking privileges
  • Full-service resort dive center

 

Club Hotel Cantamar Food & Drinks

Breakfast and lunch are included in package prices.

 

Club Hotel Cantamar Activities

  • Day trips
  • Fishing
  • Sea-kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving

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Packages & Rates

Club Hotel Cantamar Rates

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Hotel & Dive Packages

Rates are per person in USD, based on double occupancy. Prices subject to change without  further notice.

Package

Bed & Breakfast

Full Board

3 Nights 2 Diving Days

$446

$497

4 Nights 3 Diving Days

$625

$693

5 Nights 4 Diving Days

$803

$889

7 Nights 5 Diving Days

$1,021

$1,157

10 Nights 7 Diving Days

$1,374

$1,578

14 Nights 10 Diving Days

$1,898

$2,188

 

Inclusions 

  • Bed & breakfast: Room + Breakfast + Onboard Lunch on diving days
  • Full board: Room + Full meal service Breakfast + Lunch + Diner
  • Ground transportation form and to La Paz airport
  • Choose between Cantamar Beach Hotel or Bugambilias downtown
  • 2 to 3 Dives a day, depending on weather and dive sites
  • Taxes

 

Exclusions 

  • Fuel Surcharge for Las Ánimas dive site
  • National Park fees ($4/day, $26/week)
  • Equipment Rentals (aside from weights and tanks)
  • Tips for crew and hotel
  • Canned or alcoholic beverages

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Dive Information

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Dive Overview

Playful and happy sea lions. Amazing shipwrecks. A huge variety of fish, invertebrates and reefs. La Paz Bay in the Sea of Cortez offers you incredible dives almost year round. Club Hotel Cantamar take you in comfortable boats, from 10 up to 35 divers, with friendly crews and incredible spots just for you.

 

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Dive Center Information

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Club Hotel Cantamar Dive Center Overview

The cornerstone of Club Cantamar is Baja Diving & Service, a dive center started in 1983. Currently, the Baja Diving & Service dive fleet, based at Cantamar Resort, is the largest, fastest and most comfortable fleet on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, and the dive center continues to cater to divers from all over the world. During whale shark season, Baja Diving uses spotter planes to make it easier to find the gentle giants and make the most of each diver’s experience.

 

Dive Center Features 

  • Nitrox Filling Station
  • Rental Equipment
  • Private Lockers
  • Decompression Chamber
  • Tank Hydro Testing: Club Cantamar had its own hydro test machine
  • Multilingual dive guides and instructors
  • Low guest:guide ratios

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Reviews (4)

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Club Cantamar, La Paz, Baja Sur
Trip Dates: October 1-5, 2014

Hurricane Odile arrived in La Paz a couple of weeks before our group did. While we received some reassurances that Club Cantamar had been spared major storm damage, we were not sure what we would find when we arrived. Our group was the first big group Club Cantamar hosted following the departure of Hurricane Oldie.

Travel

Our group left San Diego on October 1, 2014, via bus, traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, and flew to La Paz on Volaris Airline from the Tijuana Airport. Other than a few episodes of drama shifting gear at the ticket counter to meet luggage weight restrictions and getting tagged with extra fees for over-sized carry-ons, our flight went smoothly.

Two Club Cantamar vans were waiting for us when we arrived at the La Paz Airport. The Cantamar facility is located about thirty minutes from town so we got a pretty good tour of some of the damage resulting from Hurricane Odile’s trip through the area. Our van drivers accommodated us when we requested a stop at a grocery store to purchase beer, and snacks to take out to the resort.

Our return trip to San Diego from La Paz was something more of a challenge than the trip from San Diego to La Paz. Tropical Storm Simon arrived at the La Paz Airport about the same time we were to board the aircraft for the ride back to Tijuana. Heavy rain, wind, and lightening delayed our departure. We also learned that our return flight was being diverted to deliver relief supplies to Cabo San Lucas. Needless to say, we arrived in Tijuana much later than originally planned.

The Resort

The Club Cantamar Resort is not billed as a five star resort. It is billed as a good place for divers whose focus is diving rather than the non-diving amenities a resort can offer. Everyone in our group knew this when they signed-up for the trip.

Club Cantamar sustained some hurricane damage. Buildings were intact; however, some roof damage was evident. Power had been restored a day before our arrival. Lights, and AC units were functioning. Telephone and television service had not been restored.

Wifi was not available during our stay at the resort. Management compensated for this by offering shuttle service to their location in downtown La Paz for those who absolutely could not do without internet access.

Storm damage was evident in the marina. One of the floating docks was keeping a houseboat from sinking in front of the resort. The dockside pontoon had been damaged and filled with water. A couple of sailboats had damaged rigging.

We had a third floor room with a balcony. The balcony overlooked the marina. I’ve never been a big fan of staying in rooms that require dragging luggage up lots of stairs, but the balcony was a nice trade-off.

Our room was clean. It was carpeted and had tile bathroom areas. The AC unit worked extremely well; it almost froze us out a couple of times when we set it too low. Controls for the ceiling fan seemed a bit antiquated, but the fan worked well.

There was no shortage of hot water; however, adjusting the shower taps to get water temperatures just right proved something of a challenge. It took us a couple of days to get it figured-out. Most of the rooms our group used did not have refrigerators. The resort had ice available for everyone who wanted it.

One of the downsides of our rooms was the mattress. I have traveled enough in Mexico to be familiar with mattresses that feel like I am sleeping on a concrete slab. The mattresses at the resort were reminiscent of some I have slept on in Cabo San Lucas and San Carlos. Needless to say, it takes a few days to adjust to sleeping on a ‘hard as a rock’ mattress. I heard other group members comment about how hard their mattresses were.

The pool area was still a mess when we arrived. A couple of weeks without power to run pumps and filters had left the water in the pool filled with algae. It kind of had a pond scum look. The storm had literally broken some of the palapas off at the base and others had been stripped right off the support posts. During our stay, the management had a crew working on the pool and it was showing signs of major improvement before we left.

Club Cantamar’s beach area was something of a mess as well. My non-diving spouse spent the better part of a day picking up trash and storm debris. The beach was in pretty good shape when she finished, but odds are pretty good that more junk will continue to wash-up. I have no doubt the storm deposited a lot of stuff in the water that does not belong there.

Restaurant - Bar

I was not sure what to expect with regards to meals at Club Cantamar. The trip was all-inclusive which included meals at the resort restaurant. Overall, I was pleased with the meals.

It was difficult to resist the breakfast buffet. Breakfast was consistently good. Lunch was cooked on the boat; the crew always did great job with lunch. The dinner menu was interesting; it consistently appeared written on a napkin. The menu offered two choices and the waiter simply walked around the table and showed members of our group what the choices were. The nightly choices were always different, but there were always only two. I never had a bad meal there.

There was never a shortage of beer and other lavations for those who wanted some at the resort. A couple of Corona’s and a margarita was a nice way to end our dive days. It was enjoyable to sit on the deck at the restaurant with other members of the group and watch the sun set in the evening. We would usually gather an hour or so before dinner and enjoy each other’s company.

The resort did offer shuttles to town any time we asked. Our group opted to go to the malecon in La Paz on night for dinner one night.

Diving

One of the benefits of traveling and diving with a good-sized group is the potential to develop camaraderie among members of the group. Members can essentially seek out others they feel comfortable with. Personally, I think this works very well with dive groups.

Club Cantamar runs several very large dive boats. This allowed all twenty-two divers in our group to dive together. Three groups of divers were organized at each dive site by our Baja Diving & Service dive masters/guides. Divers chose which group they wanted to be in. Groups entered the water at approximately fifteen-minute intervals.

Our dive masters/guides, Edgar, Maria and Daniel, did a great job assisting with gear, organizing dive groups, briefing at different dive sites, and leading dives. Briefings included large map drawings of dive sites and pointers for what to look for in different areas of the sites.

I prefer to do my own gear set-up and tank swaps; however, assistance was available for anyone who requested it. Immediate assistance was provided for a couple of divers who experienced some minor issues with their equipment.

Accessing La Paz dive sites typically requires forty-five minutes to an hour or more of travel. Big boats provide more than the advantage of permitting large groups to dive together. While Hurricane Odile had passed before we arrived in La Paz, Tropical Storm Simon was approaching and produced some areas of rough water. I prefer a big, stable boat in rough water to a smaller one in rough water anytime. It was also nice to have large deck areas available for group members to lounge while traveling to and from dive sites. Our boat, Uno Mas, is in the neighborhood of fifty feet long, eighteen feet wide, and heavily built.

The leader of our group worked with the Baja Diving & Service staff to select dive sites. Weather and current conditions dictated some the choices they made. As a photographer, I found no shortage of subjects on all of the sites they chose. I shot wide angle exclusively during the trip. One of the other photographers shot macro exclusively. I think both of us did quite well.

A night dive was available for divers who wanted to do it. On the morning of the day of our departure, some members of our group opted to take a boat ride out to look for whale sharks.

The Uno Mas lacked a camera table; however, there was a large area in the forward below deck cabin that several of us appropriated for use with our photographic equipment. It was well lighted and provided enough space to re-configure ports during lens changes and change strobe batteries.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages were readily available on the boat. Space was available in boat coolers for those who wanted to bring their own beverages. Some of the group members brought beer in cans to throw in the coolers on the dive boat.

Several of divers in our group were disappointed because Nitrox was unavailable at the resort. Their disappointment was compounded when they requested it, were promised it, and resort management failed to deliver on the promise. I was not particularly interested in diving Nitrox so I never asked why the resort’s Nitrox system was not working. I do not know if their system was down due to the hurricane or for other reasons.

A gear storage and rinse area is located adjacent to the resort’s dock area. Lockers (large chain link lockers) were available in the storage area. Use of the lockers was free and divers could provide their own padlocks or rent one from the resort office. While the majority of the divers in our group utilized the lockers, a few dragged their gear to their rooms.

Summary

October diving in the Sea of Cortez is generally tough to beat. Visibility in the one hundred feet range in water that is 85+ degrees is usually typical. This year’s hurricane season left the water unsettled enough to prevent us from getting the visibility we had hoped for. Fifty to seventy feet visibility in 85+ degree water was more the norm during our trip. Many of the divers in our group dove in shorts and rash guards or T-shirts.

If you are focused on diving and less concerned about having a lot of non-diving amenities available, Club Cantamar would undoubtedly be a good choice. It is a no-frills resort with a solid dive operation. Given the opportunity, I would return to stay at the resort and dive sooner rather than later.

Submitted by: Philip Bonds, Cortez Blue Photography

Visited on 10/2014 - Submitted on 10/14/2014
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I was happy to arrive in LaPaz, for my first underwater photo trip. My first interest were the sea lions and the whale sharks. It was a 6 days diving trip, with three dives a day. The dives for the week were plan around two half a day of snorkelling with the whale sharks, many dives with the sea lions, couple macro dives and a few wreck dives.
We ate breakfast around 7 AM and we were going on our boats around 8 AM. People were relax, friendly and I really appreciate the space on the boats... I could choose to be in the sun or in the shade, walk around, talk with the staff, guides, participants, or just take a nap if I want... Free beverages were available at all times like bottle water, sodas, juice, fresh fruits, and lots of snacks like cookies and chips. The lunch was given on the boat and were always good.
What I did appreciate the most was the great availability and true willing of the organizers of BlueWater trip to make our week memorable and makes us happy with the kind of dive we wanted to do and the tips to improve our underwater photography. They were generous of their time and knowledge.. We never felt in a hurry to finish a dive, for they waited for the divers to get out of the water when they were willing too, as much as possible. The dive sites were easy diving and offer great photo picturing.
The interest of the staff to makes every body happy brought us to live unforgettable experience with marine life. We went out to look for whale sharks...we find mantas...great ! we jumped into the water, snorkelling and swimming around them and taking pictures as much as we could...then went back on looking for whale sharks again, and we were happy to get the visit of a bunch of dolphins ! into the water everybody jumped again and swim with them...How awesome !... there is no words to explain the great experience it is to be free in the big blue and seeing mantas, whale sharks and dolphins coming towards you, and swimming around you...nothing to do with getting around a dolphin in captivity ...an experience I already have had...And same great experience at Los Islotes with the playful sea lions...could dive around them for hours, watching them play around like cheerful kids...great pictures too. When the boat was getting back to the resort at the end of the afternoon, I felt grateful for the experience, my best dive and snorkelling experience with so much contact with marine Life. And it was so cool to get together at night for a great dinner and get together with the group and watch and discuss the pictures taken during the day...what a memorable trip, I'll do it again and again if I could.
Thank you to BluewWater for a reel life experience.

Visited on 10/2013 - Submitted on 02/16/2014
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I've been to Club Cantamar eight times. I've always said that you can pay a whole lot more, to see a whole lot less.

First the bad news, the beds are rock hard. Water pressure is slight. No elevators. Spartenly appointed rooms. But they have A/C. The food is awful. This is from guy who sez, that I don't go to a resort/boat for the food, I go for the diving. Thus, I've visited eight times.

Now the good new. They are the closet resort to the diving. They have their own recompression chamber, just in case. And, they have the fastest boats. The boats are also sparten, but spacious. Remember what I said about the food? They have larger tanks, for us heavy breathers and will even accommodate rebreathers. They pump Nitrox, be sure to bring your own analyzer. They will take you to some incredible dive spots.

I've led a few groups here. My dive destination plan was: 1) El Bajo - Los Islotes - El Bajito. 2) La Reina - La Reinita. 3) Los Animas - San Francisquito (a long ride). There are other nice spots, but these are the prime spots to me. Don't miss a night dive at Swanne. Critter life can be great for both wide angle and macro. I've seen whale sharks, hammerheads, manta rays, tons of friendly sea lions and nudibranchs. The life is not just underwater, also on the drive to the spot. Dolphins, orcas, pilot whales, etc. The resort will send up an ultra light to spot whale sharks and other large pelagic life. But like any other destination in the world, it's weather dependent.

I've found the entire staff very accommodating. But, you need to be proactive. If you're planning a trip on your own, I'd recommend letting them know of what you expect, before you arrive.

Club Cantamar is situated on a lovely bay. With picturesque sunsets and sunrises. And, some nice restaurants a short walk around the bay. I can't wait for visit number nine. From California, I'll spend way more, to see way less.

Here's a video of my last trip http://vimeo.com/18157140

La Paz 2010 from Walter Marti on Vimeo.

Visited on 07/2010 - Submitted on 02/09/2014
Simi Valley, CA
United States
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Diving in the Sea of Cortez was absolutely wonderful. The Club Cantamar staff was very accommodating, and made sure we got to all the dive sites we wanted to see. The whale shark experience was excellent, and use of the ultra light to find the whales definitely works well. The resort accommodations were fine, but not stellar. As in many Mexico resorts, the food was just OK, and you need to be careful about water consumption & other potential sources for "the Revenge".

Visited on 09/2006 - Submitted on 01/14/2014

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