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Dive Review of Dive Antigua (aka "Dive Pro") in

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by William Ungerman, CA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4274
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Tropical Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean, etc.]
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the divemaster, but this worked out okay  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 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
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
U/W photography support not addressed or evident
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We found "Big John" Birk on the Internet and booked him on-line
before taking our Caribbean cruise.  He is the sole proprietor and only
person on his dive boat and is self-described (among a host of other
personal descriptions) as "semi-retired."  We took a taxi from
the cruise ship dock to the Halcyon hotel because of John's concern's that
the local taxi industry might take objection to his picking us up.  At the
Halcyon the family of four was picked up and transported in John's
dilapidated VW van for a twent-five minute drive across Antigua (pronounced
"An-tee-ga") to John's 37 foot boat (the "White
Knight")docked at English Harbor.  We dove "Barracuda Alley"
and "The Pillars of Hecules."  In both instances there was a Moon
Jellyfish infestation from the surface to forty feet and it was a bit
daunting but everybody made it through without a sting.  John led the dive
and wrote everything he saw out on an U/W slate.  Some of it was mundane,
some very interesting, (coral blenny and turtle tooth marks on the barrel
sponges) and some designed to be hilarious (partially successful).  The
diving was okay judged by the Caribbean standard but no overwhelming
experience.  I'm not judging the whole of Antigua diving because we made
only two dives out of one location.  Antigua may not be diver paradise but
if you find yourself here, it's worth investing in some underwater time.

John is a total character (truly); sort of a Buryl Ives kind of guy (for
those of you old enough to make the reference).  He mixed a rum drink
concoction after the dives and drove us back to the ship dock.  For some
real personalized service and non-stop dialogue, John is your man.  You
could do a heck of a lot worse both diving and in service.
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