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Dive Review of Anguillian Divers/ hotels in the area in
Anguilla/West Side of island

Anguillian Divers/ hotels in the area, Dec, 2009,

by Daniel Spitzer MD, NY, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5369.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving widely - as long as the water is warm and it's north of the equator
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Sensible profiles. It's hard to go deep here without carrying a shovel with you!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Have been visiting Anguilla for some 17 years now - and have seen the progressive degradation of the entire Caribbean reef system over 20+ years of diving. Temperature? Microbes? pH of seawater? Calcium ion concentration? From Grand Turk in the North to Curacao in the south, and from Cozumel in the West to the entire Windward and Leeward chain -it's all too similar - the hard coral is almost gone, and what is left is covered with leafy algae or the 'creeping crud'. The planktonic column which sustains the food chain, rising above the coral heads, is almost absent now, so the small fish are depleted, the intermediate fish are rare, and the large ones almost totally absent (And the few fish which do attain a significant size soon succumb to the most voracious predator of all - humans.)

That said, if your travels take you to Anguilla, by all means dive with Anguillian Divers. Small intimate and personal, I have been diving with them for over a decade - decent equipment and a friendly smile. BTW - you never know where or when you are going to get a great dive - one of my favorites anywhere is Blowing Rock - amazing underwater topography, variable conditions (crashing waves on one side, calm on the other) and routine siting of pelagics - turtles, spotted eagle rays, and even 10 + minutes with a dolphin 2 years ago. Ask for this dive by name! Another fun dive - especially for newer divers - Osterdeep wreck - covered with orange cup coral, teeming with barracuda, jacks and other fish, large lobster etc.
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