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Cabo Pulmo - photography - strobes not allowed?????

Discussion in 'Mexico' started by Ken Kurtis, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Ken Kurtis

    Ken Kurtis Manta Ray

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    I'm taking a group down to Cabo Pulmo in December and have just been informed that strobes (and I would presume video lights as well) are not allowed in the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park. I can't find anything about this prohibition on their official rules & regulations site. Anyone have any recent/contemporary info/experience with this? Thanks.

    - Ken
     
  2. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    I'm sorry, don't know anything about the strobes. I'm just wanting to ensure that you and your group are aware of the Mexican Customs new practice of charging fees/taxes on anything that they deem to be professional camera equipment.
     
  3. dlofting

    dlofting DIR Practitioner

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    I know that lights aren't allowed in Socorro but I've never heard that about Cabo Pulmo. @kumimonster might be able to help.
     
  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I was just in the Revillagigedos last May on the Nautilus Explorer, strobes and video lights were not prohibited
     
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  5. ibj40

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    We dove (dived?) Cabo Pulmo last November. I have a Sealife DC1400 with the standard Sea Dragon flash, and used it on both dives.

    Our dive shop asked us to declare in advance whether we would be using a camera, including the type; and apparently transmitted this information via a letter to someone 24 hours before we got there.

    Sorry I can't provide any more detail than that.
     
  6. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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  7. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @Ken Kurtis

    My acquaintance has left the operation, but I heard back from the new dive ops manager:
    The lights and strobes are not forbidden but you need a document to take pictures

    Sorry, not a complete answer, consistent with the post by @ibj40. I'm sure you already have a message into your operator regarding this question. Let us know what you find out.
     
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  8. Ken Kurtis

    Ken Kurtis Manta Ray

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    Yes, quite aware. Thanks.
     
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  9. kumimonster

    kumimonster Nassau Grouper

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    I've never been told anything about my lights. Hmm. I don't have a big fancy camera. Just a TG 5 set on a tray. I have a couple of Sola Lights on there, one of which is a video light. But I've never been asked about my equipment or been told of any restrictions to them. But again, I don't have a big fancy set up.
     
  10. jonhall

    jonhall Manta Ray

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    Jan. 2018. Used camera and video light - no mention that they were prohibited by either the group that took me there or the actual op that took us out for the dives.
     

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