Jim Rosenberg

Jim Rosenberg

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Reviews (2)

Guadalupe Island

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One word - unbelievable! I joined 15 other passengers for a five day trip to Guadalupe Island to get close and personal with Great Whites. Mission Accomplished.
This was a trip on the Horizon. Great boat, great crew, great food, well planned.
The good: Excellent clear blue water made for great photo ops; The crew worked non stop to bring the sharks right up to the cages by working the lines with tuna heads. If folks were in the cages, crew was working the lines. This made all the difference in bringing the sharks in to point blank range; The trip included all gear needed, including near new wetsuits, DUI weight harnesses, and masks if needed. The crew kept all gear organized and helped with donning; Originating in San Diego meant minimum luggage handling; Food: fresh fish including sushi every day in addition to steak and other meals all well prepared; A great informative lecture about the sharks was given by a local biologist. The group included ~5 non divers, all of which were given personal assistance and made comfortable in the water; Given 16 passengers on a boat that holds much more, there was plenty of room.
The not-so good: It's a 28 hour cruise to the destination. But boarding and leaving the night before helps. I don't think the boats originating out of Ensenada will save much time; Cost - it is an expensive trip. But I think the overall value was there.

Visited on 09/2014 - Submitted on 10/24/2014
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Crystal Blue Resort

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I stayed at the Crystal Blue resort in Anilao in early 2013. It was a 10 day trip, and outstanding in many ways. Foremost, there's a large variety of marine life. I saw more critters here than in Lembeh (also a top notch destination). But having lots of life and finding them are two different things. To help in the finding, CB had great guidesOn almost all the dives we had two guides for our boat of four divers. By the time we finished photographing one subject, they had spotted another. So there was never a break in the action. As for the conditions, most of the "muck" was crumbled coral. So unlike Lembeh which was mostly silt, where the bottom got stirred up, it settled quickly. And as for the resort, Crystal Blue was great. Friendly staff, fine rooms, and good variety of food. Only down side was that the wifi was slow and unreliable.
I would definitely go to Anilao again, and CB is a proven resort for me.

Visited on 04/2013 - Submitted on 02/13/2014
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