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North America Forum > oaxaca coast of mexico recommendations?
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dan bailey
posted : August 30, 2005 Post subject: oaxaca coast of mexico recommendations?
Off to Mexico's Oaxaca coast soon. My wife would like to do her PADI open water while there. We're looking for a reliable PADI operator that teaches in English. But I'm afraid we're more picky than that, and our demands don't end there: we'd like to base ourselves in a nice small town or village (no big concrete tourist resorts, nor oil ports), with lovely unpolluted beaches, good countryside and of course plenty of interesting dive sites (stuff for beginners is obviusly fine for her indoors, and to be honest when it comes to scuba I'm pretty rusty myself so I'm not looking for adventures but just some leisurely fun, plentiful coral, teeming marine life etc). The Bahias de Huatulco looks too developed and expensive for us (we like beach cabins, not golf courses). I'm thinking along the lines of Puerto Angel...or does anyone know of a dive outfit in Mazunte or San Augustinillo, as they both look pretty suited to our above-water needs..?

I guess my main question, never having been to Mexico, is: how good is the diving on the Oaxaca coast? Is it good enough that we won't be disappointed that we didn't travel an extra day overland to get to the Carribbean (Cozumel etc)? It would seem a shame to go all the way to Mexico and then end up diving in a not-so-good location!

All tips and advice gratefully received

Thanks

Dan