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Dive Review of Mermaid Divers/Renaissance Ocean Suites in

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Eldon Okazaki, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (41 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4065
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Fiji, Micronesia,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
26   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
follow the divemaster; be at safety stop w/ 700 psi  
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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
there was barrel for cameras; some divers dunked masks into the camera
barrel until they were told why not
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Mermaid divers were recommended; they were good except Tito was pissed
about the poor people from south America and 
Dominican Republic working for less than the Aruban people;
Bero was a happy divemaster and found critters that other divemaster did
not find; unfortunately, the Mermaid divers are so popular that the boat is
usually crowded; they do not set up nor change tanks; they do take
inexperienced diver ( less than 12 dives) to 130 ft; they do try hard to
please the divers; they do give discounts and drinks/ fruits after the 1st
dive. Other dive operations also pick up at hotels.
The Renaissance hotel is very close to the Marina; there are many places to
eat at the Renaissance plaza/ marketplace--breakfast can be $3.45 to $15;
dinner can be < $10 to >$30+.
The weather can be windy and cloudy sometimes. The water was cold at 26
deg. C.
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