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Dive Review of Aquanaut Divers/Blue Waters Hotel in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Frick, IL, U.S.A.
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Other Caribbean, Hawaii, Great Lakes, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour time limit.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
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):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
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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