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Dive Review of Heron in

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Michael deLaChapelle, WA, United States (1 report)
Report Number 3818
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
70   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group diving, 45 min/tank  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
The accommodations were spacious and comfortable except that we had trouble
sleeping because the nesting Mutton birds surrounding our cabin made a
eerie moaning sound all night.  This is a small inconvenience for the
privilege of staying on such a unique and interesting island.  The dining
was excellent.  

The boat dives were very crowded but the boat trips were extremely short.
We were expected to dive in groups although I didnt get any hassle for
occasionally wondering off on my own.  The water was surprisingly cold (70
F)  I was continuously shivering in my 3mm wetsuit.  The visibility was
mediocre (30-50 ft.).  The terrain was mostly shallow bommies.  More
variety would have been welcome.  I most enjoyed seeing the Wobbegong
sharks which were plentiful.  The dive masters on the boat record your tank
pressure when you enter and exit the water, shouting it out for all to
hear.  They expect you to return to the boat with over 700 PSI in your
tank.  In my opinion, this is excessive, and perhaps a safety issue for
divers that may skip breath just to get back to the boat with enough air to
avoid public humiliation and the threat of not being allowed to dive again
(yes, they said that).  I would have preferred fewer rules and shorter

The highlight of my stay was snorkeling at the north end of the island at
high tide when the reef sharks and rays congregate in the shallows right
off the beach.  You can literally wade into dozens of sharks, sting rays
& shovelnose rays.  I got some great video.  Its also fun to snorkel
around the dock where there are huge schools of fish and a couple of
immense grouper.

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