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Dive Review of AquaSports/Xanadu/N/A in
Bahamas/Grand Bahama

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Alice R., MN, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5075
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Cozumel, Akumal, Hawaii, Belize, Monterey,
Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
There used to be a dive shop at Xanadu Resort.  Apparently now the Xanadu
dive operation is under the umbrella of Aquasports (based in the US)--there
is no physical Xanadu dive shop anymore. We contacted Xanadu and UNEXSO via
e-mail about a month before the trip--and very quickly heard back from Ray
Lightbourne of Xanadu/Aquasports, UNEXCO a few days later. UNEXSO wanted us
to reserve all of our diving for the week (and I think wanted us to pay
upfront as well--I generally don't object to that when we're going on a
liveaboard or to a dive resort, but don't always want to do that when we're
staying in a condo somewhere). Ray was more than willing to be
flexible--and less expensive. We told him we definitely wanted to dive the
first 3 days we were there--and then add more as we went along.  We got to
Grand Bahama on a Friday and planned to dive at least Sun-Tues.  Apparently
it had been raining nonstop for days before we got there, but we ended up
getting 5 days (2 tanks/day) of great diving in!  Ray was awesome,
especially when you consider the fact that he is practically a one-man
operation.  The first day, there were two other divers with us, who were
both fairly inexperienced.  After that, we had Ray and the boat to
ourselves.  While Ray always reminded us to watch our air and depth limits,
he let us direct the dives as much as we wanted, took us back to sites we
really liked, and let us keep swimming around if he felt like ending the
dive early.  Coral looked healthy as did the fish.  We found tons of arrow
crabs, shrimp, and other little critters.  The one shock was the number of
lionfish!! (I'd read about the invasion, but had not been diving in Florida
in several years.)  We saw more lionfish on one dive in the Bahamas than in
all of our dives in the Pacific put together.  Shark Alley was fun--we did
not do a shark feed dive, but to see 8-10 reef sharks within 30 seconds of
going under was pretty cool.  Theo's Wreck was great, too.

If you're going to be on Grand Bahama, look Ray up!  
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