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Dive Review of Sandals in
Antigua

November, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Robertson, Alberta, Canada
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 885
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Mexico (both coasts), Galapagos, Panama, Greece,
Tahiti, Cook Islands, Fiji, and Canada's West Coast.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny,dry  
Seas
calm,noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
25   to 30    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Requested divers to stick together as a group; surface once first diver hit
750 psi - not enforced for experienced divers.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 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  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
When one's wife is a non-diver, you occasionally end up at places where
diving is not the resort's first priority and such is the case at Sandals'
Antigua Resort. Having done my research, I had no deluions about the diving
in Antigua - the reefs are fairly battered (Sandal's dive boat's careless
anchoring destroyed more than one gorgonian while I was there)and there are
not a lot of fish, let alone large ones.   Certainly those I saw would
likely be of interest to new divers though.  Knowing what to expect, I took
my copy of Paul Humann/Ned Deloach's Reef Coral Identification and worked
at learning more about corals and coral diseases.  This made the trip both
fun and educational!  The Sandal's resort is a very nice place to stay, but
there are better values to be found in other all-inclusives.  The dive
operation, with the exception of one instrutor, was one of the weakest I
have seen.  I took the time to write to the Resort Manager with a list of
suggestions for general diver safety.  To his credit the guy did respond,
but only to tell me that they do everything right and have very stringent
safety procedures - ya right!  But I guess that's the view from the rose
coloured glasses.
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