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Dive Review of Aquanaut Dive Center in
Antigua

Aquanaut Dive Center, Jan, 2007,

by Francis & Deb Bollag, NY, USA . Report 3215.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving BVI, Cayman, Dominica, Saba, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Mexico Yucatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive plan time enforced: 45-55 minutes max bottom time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 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 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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