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Dive Review of Unique Sports/La Quinta Beach Resort in

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Stacy Dembitsky, SC, USA
Report Number 580
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, North Carolina, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives were guided, so we were not in charge of any aspects other than
returning to boat with more than 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
The boat didn't have a camera table, however there was a cooler at the back
of the boat supposedly for cameras, but lots of masks (along with the mask
defogger) were in there also, so hold on to your own camera.  Developing
film on island is expensive, we brought ours home.  This operator isn't
really about photos, so it was about what we expected after having dove
with operations that cater to photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
That the water was so cold - 79 on a 60 ft dive for 40+ min gets a bit
chilly.  That all dives would be guided - makes the divers bunch up, and
lots of bumping ensued- can be a bit of a distraction.  Dive leaders were
good at finding interesting fish, but if I stopped to photo, lots of other
divers did too, which ruined my shots.  The staff were very friendly and
helpful.  The dive leaders were professional and helpful with any problems
during the dives - unfortunately, some dives were so fast, I thought I was
in a race.  It was a different type of diving - one tank am, one tank pm -
we are used to two tank am, and two tank pm.  When questioned about this,
we were told that Aruba isn't a diving destination, but a golf and cruise
stop.  Therefore, they make accomodations for the people that want to make
one dive, then some sightseeing before shopping and reboarding ship.  We
didn't get cruisers on our boats, but a lot of operators do, so be
watchful.  I would recommend Unique Sports to anyone going to Aruba.
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