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Managing Dive Trip Expectations

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Commercial dive magazines are often full of hyperbole, resolutely promoting diving destinations, many of which happen to be advertisers. We're different -- of course, we don't take advertising -- and Undercurrent subscribers tell us -- and we publish -- the downside of their diving trips, too. It doesn't necessarily mean a trip is a disaster. Successful travel often involves managing expectations.

For example, the Riding Rock Inn of San Salvador in the Bahamas was looking a little tired before the hurricane hit it in October 2015, but this gave the operators a chance to rebuild. That said, it is still not a five-star luxury destination by any means. Tripp Jones (Columbia, SC) visited this August and reported, "The hotel is basic, and this is a diver's resort. Water is a problem here and ice is limited, but we thoroughly enjoyed the food, which was superb. The hotel staff is excellent, with great attitudes, really wanting to make our stay enjoyable. The rooms are clean and certainly adequate. The Guanahani dive operation is superb. The viz was 125 feet, plus with sharks seen on 16 of 17 dives. The overall fish life was really good, although there was some bleached coral."

The Maldives are a long way to go for such gross disappointment.

There's a risk a change in management does not always bring improvements. Pirates Point Resort on Little Cayman has been the Cayman's storybook dive resort since Gladys Howard opened it three decades ago. It sure has been my favorite. When Gladys passed in December after a long illness, we expected that it would not miss a beat, and Andrew Bernat (Arlington, VA), there in May, reports, "Despite the change in management (Gladys Howard's daughter, Susan, has taken over), things continue to roll along with the same combination of relaxation, good eating, and quality diving. Unfortunately, my dive buddy/spouse was suffering a sinus infection and could only dive the last day. We had purchased the all-inclusive dive package. It was pointed out that she could move to the relaxation package, pay only for the dives she did, and we'd save some money. At least that way you aren't being hit twice. Kudos!" ...

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