Mero Diving Center
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Canico, Portugal
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2023

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5,0 dari 5 lingkaran176 ulasan
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QueenCherryUK
Sawbridgeworth, UK178 kontribusi
5,0 dari 5 lingkaran
Mar 2024 • Sendiri
Guided Dive where I was the only customer. It is one of the great privileges of my life to have met Elvis. Watching this massive fish interact with Ruben is amongst the most beautiful things I have ever seen. There is obvious great friendship between the two of them. I have never seen a fish want to cuddle before. It was genuinely life changing, before I even got to say hello. This took place at 27M, so would be classed as an Advanced Dive, but Garajau Nature Reserve has much to offer and other Meros. Ask if this is important to you. Their email communication prior to the dive was outstanding.

My equipment had been set up for me but they told me to check it, and they watched me do it. I was offered a choice of a 10L or a 12L steel tank. There was a thorough briefing about the navigation plan plus a backup if conditions weren’t optimum – but visibility was great, despite the recent big waves and “Coastal Event” weather.

Luiz accompanied Ruben and I on our descent and was of great assistance with my weights, which were accommodated in pockets in my BCD, rather than a belt, which was a nice feature. It may depend on how much weight you need, whether or not this is possible, but I have not previously had this option. I think it illustrates their customer focus. They go out of their way to make the dive as comfortable as possible. They also saved my camera. During our discussion prior to the dive, Ruben had the forethought to ask what depth my camera would withstand. Despite him telling me the plan, it hadn’t occurred to me that we were going beyond my camera’s tolerance. Ruben took beautiful videos and photos throughout the dive on my behalf, so that I could share it with my family. It probably goes without saying that his shots are better than mine would have been.

Ruben has a relaxed swimming speed, and it was nice to really slow down and take in the stunning scenery, observing numerous shoals of fish including a large group of barracudas. There were also breams, wrasse, parrotfish—too many to list. I have studied Fish Identification, and there were so many types of fish, I haven’t even figured out what all of them were yet. There were many electric yellow sponges on the rocks and beautiful magenta plants. Ruben also took me to a gorgeous area that was like a tunnel, but filled with shafts of light. It was very exciting to be in an overhead environment. I suspect that he specifically did this because I mentioned caves prior to the dive. He took me to find a Black Moray Eel, after I mentioned I had seen him on their social media. We were underwater for just under an hour and the dive was glorious.

For the exit, Ruben put himself between me and the waves. It was not the most dignified exit, looking back at my husband’s video evidence, but honestly, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate him prioritizing my safety. He then helped me up the stony beach which was quite unstable underfoot. He still had a tank on, but he had assisted me out of my gear in the shallows, and Luis kindly carried it back to the dive centre for me. I’d done beach entries before, but a long time ago, and on sand. Walking on the pebbles was tough due to the movement.

Back at the dive centre, there is an outdoor shower with hot water on the porch and there is a private changing booth inside the cave. Ruben took the time to show me some of his camera footage and transfer the files to my phone. He also stamped my paper logbook and even gave me stickers. (PADI divers, bring your paper logbook, as this is an SSI centre. If you like, you can use the App later on, to log this as a recreational dive.) I was able to chat easily with him about technique mistakes I pointed out, where I knew I could have done better. Ruben is a natural teacher and was very reassuring.

People with a small physique will be happy to know that they had an XS wetsuit. Not all dive centers have them. Water temperature was 20C and I did not feel cold. They also had size EU36/ USA6/ UK3 boots and fins.

I wish for Mero Dive Center’s sake that they have more customers in future, but what an incredible bit of luck to have such a stunning one-on-one dive. They even honored the original price I was quoted several months ago. I enjoyed all of the diving I have done in Madeira, but it’s a total no-brainer. If you have time for just one dive, come to Garajau Marine Reserve and do it with Mero Diving Centre. The Groupers know them personally. I still feel euphoric thinking about it.
Ditulis pada 29 Maret 2024
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David P
London, UK4 kontribusi
5,0 dari 5 lingkaran
Mar 2024 • Sendiri
I had been recommended Mero Dive Centre by our walking guide in Funchal and I was no disappointed. Ruben was quick to respond to my enquiry and very helpful. The dive shop is located in an old whaling cave beside the beach of a protected marine area and well equipped. Everyone was very helpful and welcoming. A walk in dive is always a positive and before long we were enjoying the company of some sizeable groupers and endless shoals of fish including barracudas and jacks. It was cold for me but a warm shower and the cafe nearby soon put that right. Thoroughly recommended and many thanks to Ruben for his professionalism.
Ditulis pada 19 Maret 2024
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Thaís Amaral
Malta105 kontribusi
5,0 dari 5 lingkaran
Des 2023 • Pasangan
Small dive shop in a secluded beautiful beach, great staff, amazing Marine Protected Area who pleased me as a marine biologist. Highly recommend it! Thank you!
Ditulis pada 19 Desember 2023
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Giedrius N
1 kontribusi
5,0 dari 5 lingkaran
Agu 2023 • Pasangan
Many thanks for excellent dive, especially for instructor Francisca Fernandes! Extraordinary office place in a cave. Beautifull underwater fauna and named groupers touched by hands. Muito obrigado!

Giedrius, LT
Ditulis pada 25 Agustus 2023
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Thibaut L
3 kontribusi
5,0 dari 5 lingkaran
Agu 2023 • Teman
My friends offered me a diving session. We found this diving center on Google. It was my very first time diving. I was kind of stressed out but the instructors were very friendly and explained everything quite simply. My instructor was Francesca I think. She was fun and take good care of me. We dived together and i felt very confortable with her. This is a Meros’ nature reserve so you’ll see 100% Meros here. The water is almost like crystal clear. Getting the equipment, the instructions and safety take about 30-45min and then you dive for at least 45min-1h. The crew members are taking pictures of you and the environment while diving so you’ll have unforgettable memories. During the diving session there is one instructor for each diving student so you are perfectly safe. We dive 12 meter under water. Thanks to the crew I look forward to dive once again.
Ditulis pada 20 Agustus 2023
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Simão Gomes
38 kontribusi
5,0 dari 5 lingkaran
Agu 2023 • Teman
Wonderful experience, very friendly and attentive staff and amazing price quality. It is possible to see all the underwater flora and fauna with a very clear view. Great for beginners
Ditulis pada 18 Agustus 2023
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Bob W
33 kontribusi
4,0 dari 5 lingkaran
Mar 2023
I spent a few days diving with the Mero team and very much enjoyed the experience. the team were very helpful before I arrived and during the dives. It is a unique place and environment to dive
Ditulis pada 22 Maret 2023
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Tlmo84
El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spanyol858 kontribusi
5,0 dari 5 lingkaran
Feb 2023
Thanks Rubén and Luís for the great experience!! I really enjoyed my time there with you guys. They took care of me all the time with so many details and explanations. I had the chance to dive with Rubén and have to say it´s been so good to me every time. Thanks to him I was lucky to see plenty of sea life in Praia do Garajau. They have a nice Diving Center where you can enjoy a lot diving in the area. Highly recommend to do any kind of activity with them. They will definitely try to get the best for you in your experience. If any time I´m back again to the island for sure will book another dive with you guys. Also have to say about they way they have to take pictures and video of you and sending them straight to your phone! Bravo! Obrigado! And See you next time!
Ditulis pada 2 Maret 2023
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Helen
Somerset, UK128 kontribusi
5,0 dari 5 lingkaran
Agu 2022 • Pasangan
A great place for snorkel hire - €5 per mask plus €5 for fins/life jackets if you need them. There are loads of colourful fish to see here but wear shoes as it's very rocky underfoot!
Ditulis pada 22 Agustus 2022
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Sanne P
3 kontribusi
5,0 dari 5 lingkaran
Jul 2022 • Keluarga
Me and my 13 year old son took the Open Water Cetificate with Joao as instructor. I was not really comfortable the first time in the water, but Joao was so calm and reassuring and got me through the course safely 😃. He challenged me enough to make me feel like I can handle myself underwater and gave me a break when I needed that. The dive team even gave us a free family dive to experience the fun of diving without having to do drills underwater, but just enjoy it. Such a beautiful experience.
Ditulis pada 12 Juli 2022
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