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Buceo VLA

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Villa Traful, Argentina
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Marina B wrote a review Jan 2021
Miami Beach, Florida4 contributions2 helpful votes
Nani brings great service and definitely made it work to get us a last-minute spot on the dive. It was a unique experience to see the underwater forest and happy to take great pictures with us. The equipment offered was in excellent condition.
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Date of experience: January 2021
Carolina M wrote a review Dec 2020
New York City, New York5 contributions2 helpful votes
Lake Traful is a really unique divesite, worth experiencing. The outing is a one-tank dive (it's a fairly small dive site). Javier (Nani) the divemaster provides all the equipment including a 7mm wetsuit, gloves, boots, hoodie, as well as photos and videos taken with his GoPro. Once the group meets in the town, a small boat takes you across the lake to a shore area from which the small group descends. It's a beautiful area, with a clear blue lake surrounded by mountains. The big attraction is the patch of underwater forest, perfectly preserved. The trees are huge (20 to 30m tall!), something to behold underwater. There is very little wildlife -- some trouts, some mussels, a little vegetation -- which makes for a very eerie and calm dive. It almost feels like an ancient tree cemetery. Even with the 7mm, I felt pretty cold by the end. It's an altitude dive (700m above sea level), we had 10m visibility and the water temperature was 14 Celsius. We went 25m deep and spent about 35mins underwater (I can usually do 50mins easily but the cold temperature made it hard). A few logistic points: Villa Traful is about 2h from Villa La Angostura, partly because portions of the road aren't paved, which delays the trip. You should plan ahead on how to get to Villa Traful in time for the dive. The easiest way is if you're staying there or if you have your own car. Bus frequencies from Villa La Angostura in Feb. 2020 were low and not early enough to arrive in time for the dive. I was lucky that divemaster Javier was kind enough to give me a ride in his car, but beware he only has a spot for 1 passenger. The other logistic point is that the whole process took a long time...we spent a while waiting by the dock to get the boat across the river (the boat was shared with other regular tour groups), then a while preparing the equipment, then another while to get the boat back to the town. The whole thing took 3 hours approx. My recommendation: don't go with a packed scheduled, because things are easily delayed... take it easy, enjoy the scenery, bring a snack and go with the flow.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Guillermo P wrote a review Oct 2020
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Excellent experience. Something very different from the Caribbean diving. I was staying in Villa La Angostura, from where you have a trip of about 1,5 hours to Villa Traful, where the lake is located. The road is asphalt first, but then a gravel road that force you to keep the speed down. The place itself is very nice, with mountains and lakes landscapes that are au pair with the most beautiful places in the world of that type. The trip from the town to the diving site is done by a zodiac (dingui) type boat big enough for several divers and their equipment. The captain of the boat is a whole story by himself, very knowledgeable and funny. Upon arrival to the site, you end up setting your equipment (provided by the operator Buceo VLA, although in my case I brought some of my own and used the provided BCD, tanks, and wetsuit only). The equipment was perfectly fine, in very good conditions and new. The dive itself is an altitude dive so you need to factor that in your computer, and is interesting to see the forest down the lake. You may go down as much as 30 or 35 meters (about 110ft) before a wall goes down depth in the blue. There is no much life to see beside the threes, but is a good dive in waters around 12° to 14° C (53.6° to 57.2° F) in January (summer in the S. Hemisphere). After the dive you have time to chill in an exclusive (volcanic) beach and set your equipment for the return trip to Villa Traful. Nani was great as a divemaster and very informative all the time. He knows what he is doing an it shows. He takes good care of the equipment and his divers. The atmosphere is very relaxed, but if you know what you are doing will notice how Nani is pending on the security details. You can have lunch in the Villa before coming back to wherever you are staying, or sightsee the place. Remember to take with you your certification and some sort of picture ID since sometimes the Argentinean Coast Guard ask before the dive to show you are capable of doing such. A well worth dive in an unique place on earth. Nani is a great divemaster. I do recommend Buceo VLA without hesitation. On a side note, I went with my family (wife and two kids) and they don't dive, they stayed at the beach enjoying the landscape and water, they had a great time with the whole adventure climbing in the boat, sailing the lake, disembarking on the beach and everything.
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Date of experience: January 2020
traveler wrote a review Apr 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Excellent dive in a beautiful area in the Traful lac. The submerged forest is absolutely amazing. The dive master Javier is very professional and safe. He took amazing pictures and picked me up at the Villa Traful bus station. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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