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Dive Review of Aquanaut Divers/Blue Waters Hotel in
Antigua

Aquanaut Divers/Blue Waters Hotel, Feb, 2008,

by Eric Frick, IL, U.S.A. (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 3923 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Other Caribbean, Hawaii, Great Lakes, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 35 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour time limit.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat personnel were happy to assist divers with cameras but no special boat or shore facilities for photographers were present.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments I was thoroughly prepared by Undercurrent to be under-whelmed by the diving off of Antigua so I brought mask, fins, snorkel, a shorty and my regulators but not my whole dive bag full of gear. I contacted John Charlesworth at Aquanaut Dive Center via e-mail and found him to be helpful and responsive as I booked two mornings of 2-tank dives. I arrived at 7:30 Sun. morning to find the "shop" (more like a shack) closed up with a sign that said the next dive trip would be 8:45 a.m. the next day(!). Did I make a mistake not reconfirming? I decided to think about it over a cup of coffee at the yacht harbor. I walked back to the shop 45 min. later & found it open. They were ready for me. John came to Antigua from Scotland in about 1975. This was truly the United Nations of diving. I was the only Yankee present. 4 South Africans who work on the yachts in the harbor were there, as were 2 New Zealanders. The assistant to John was a Swiss. On Mon. I dove with one other American, an English woman & 2 more New Zealanders and our dive leader was a German. We drove 5 min. to another harbor where John kept his boat. The vessel wasn't exactly new but it was serviceable enough. The trip to the divesite was all of 15 min.

Increasingly frequent hurricanes and human influences, including overfishing, have taken their toll on Antigua's reefs. Coral is present but not lush. There are plenty of sponges and a decent number and variety of fish but larger fish were absent. One interesting aspect of the diving was that we were able to approach a couple of blowholes from beneath the surface where waves crash ashore and drive water into a crevice, causing it to spout skyward. The action kills or stuns the krill. The dead & stunned krill then drift down in the water column to be eaten by the many fish that gather beneath the blowhole.

We elected to say at the Blue Waters Hotel on the north shore of the island. The location made getting to the opposite side of the island to go diving time consuming and expensive. The beach was beautiful and the hotel staff was nice enough but the overall experience did not equal the premium price we paid. Le Bistro was an outstanding restaurant close to the hotel with the Coconut Grove restaurant also being a good selection. Service is Caribbean-slow and resort pricing is in full force and effect.
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