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Dive Review of Aquanaut Dive Center in

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Francis & Deb Bollag, NY, USA
Report Number 3215
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
BVI, Cayman, Dominica, Saba, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive plan time enforced: 45-55 minutes max bottom time.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Since we heard that the diving in Antigua wasn't great, we hoped to fit in
only a tank or two during the week we spent sailing there. As luck would
have it, we were taken by a good operator to some very nice sites and ended
up diving six tanks.

Aquanaut is a full-service dive center based in English Harbor and it
maintains 20 dive moorings on the southern side of the island. The habitat
is comprised of ledges and sloping dropoffs littered with boulders (some
huge) covered with sponges and hard and soft corals. The rocks form
channels and overhangs that shelter an amazing number of juvenile and adult
fish and eels. While the area isn't the most colorful in the Caribbean, the
diving is in an overstocked aquarium. At one site, we found a group of over
50 high hats. There were huge numbers of reef and foureye butterflyfish. We
also saw silversides and big numbers of glasseye snapper, blackbar
soldierfish, wrasses, parrotfish, fairy basslets, grunts and small
groupers, gobies and blennies. Bigger fishes were cero, barracuda, cubera
snapper, black jack and porgy.

The diving was easy: Small groups, no currents, short runs to the dive
sites, backward roll entry and ladder exit. John, the owner and lead
divemaster, knows the area and sealife well and was very good about
pointing out interesting sights. He was also happy to let experienced
divers explore on their own while he guided others. At the SI, John served
fresh fruit from his trees and cookies.

While we enjoyed the diving and highly recommend Aquanaut's services, we
can't recommend Antigua for a dive-only vacation. There is better diving
elsewhere in the Caribbean. But this is a great place for new divers or to
sneak a few dives into a family vacation in Antigua. 
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