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

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Daniel Spitzer MD, NY, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5369
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Sensible profiles.  It's hard to go deep here without carrying a shovel
with you!   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
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 -

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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