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Dive Review of Mermaid Divers/Renaissance Beach Resort & Casino in

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Barry S. Yoss, NY, USA
Report Number 84
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman; Cozumel; Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 feet (most dives were 50-90 feet)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No camera bucket on board.
Divemasters did point out critters to photographers.
Interesting wrecks, especially Antilla and airplane.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Hotel used to be the Sonesta Beach Hotel until bought by Marriott in June,
2002. Well maintained, comfortable rooms. Small terraces. We had room
overlooking the pool, with afternoon sun, convenient for drying dive gear.
Downtown location across from marina, convenient for shopping for
non-divers. Two casinos within 3 blocks.. Many excellent restaurants
nearby. Inexpensive taxi ride to Palm beach for other dining choices. Three
pools available between hotel Marina Tower and Suite (timeshare) buildings
nearby. Beach available at Suite building and larger beach on private
island reached by complimentary shuttle boat (10 minutes one way.)

Small dive operation. Boat moored across from Hotel (very convenient.)
Office at Manchebo Beach Hotel. Free pick at hotels. Dive boat is 38 foot
Mermaid II, equipped with DAN oxygen, radios, cell phones, and marine head.
We had 8-16 divers per day. Students were segregated from certified divers.
Dive packages begin with three dives and average out to $25/dive with tank
and wt. belt. Other equipment available for rental. Boat captain (Tito)
very helpful with equipment, espec. for my buddy with recent back surgery.
Divemasters were safety conscious, and made an effort to find critters.
Green morays seen on almost all dives. Reasonable numbers of typical
caribbean reef fish. Antilla wreck was excellent with many areas to swim
into and through. Lack of shore diving was a disappointment for one of our
group who gets seasick on dive boats (Bonaire would be a better choice.)

Aruba is a reasonable choice for a group of mixed divers and non-divers.

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