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Dive Review of Bimini Undersea/Bimini Big Game Resort in

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by H. Issa, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4169
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, US Pacific and Hawaii, South Pacific, and Southeast Asia 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
dive time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Our Dive Group:
Our group on this trip was made up of 17 divers, 8 of whom are advanced or
master instructors.  Between us, we have thousands of dives logged all over
the world in the Caribbean, US Pacific and Hawaii, South Pacific, and
Southeast Asia.

Our group included people from all over the US and we all met in Fort
Lauderdale, FL for the connection to the commuter flight to Bimini.  Wed
made our reservations with Bimini Island Air.  While the staff members were
helpful, the operation overall was pretty disorganized.  Having dealt with
small regional airlines before, we were ready for the typical issues like
delays and luggage arriving to our destination after we did.  In this case,
the experience was even worse.  In addition to significant delays (2 hours
on the outbound flight, and 6 hours on the return) the airline ended up
splitting us into two groups on two different planes that ended up in two
different places (Fort Lauderdale International airport, and Fort
Lauderdale Executive airport).  As a result most of us missed our
connecting flights.

We stayed at the Bimini Big Game Resort and Yacht Club.  It seemed that our
collective opinion of the resort got worse with every day we spent there. 
The rooms were clean and spacious and well air conditioned.  Everything
else about the resort really disappointed us.  The check-in process was
long and most of us had to wait 2-3 hours to get our rooms.  That by itself
was not an issue since we planned on diving that day so we left our luggage
in storage and headed for the boat. Upon returning from diving that
afternoon, we were informed that another group that was staying there the
previous weekend had decided to extend their stay and as a result we were
bumped from some of our rooms.  7 of us were bumped out and 3 of us had to
stay in rented rooms offsite.  The rooms were located in the back of a
grocery store (sounds outlandish, but its the truth) and they were filthy.
 And the staff at the front desk could care less.  When we spoke to the
front desk manager, she told us that she cant help and that well have to
deal with this until the other group leaves.  Upon checkout at the end of
the week, we had a similar experience.  The process took way too long, and
of the 9 rooms we occupied, 5 had wrong charges applied to the final bill. 
When we asked to speak to the manager, she refused to talk to us.  We had
to ask the dive operators manager to intervene to resolve this issue. 
After we got home, a few of us received new charges on their credit cards
statements which had to be disputed.  
The food and beverage aspect of the resort was just as disappointing. 
Service was VERY slow.  It took on average about 30 minutes for the wait
staff to take a food order.  As a general rule, the staff members were not
friendly and seemed annoyed that the guests were there.  Customer service
was completely absent.  The food quality was generally good once the food
was served.  Food and beverage cost was on the high side for what you got.

Dive Operator:
We dove with Bimini Undersea which at the time was an independently owned
dive operation located onsite at the resort (NOTE: the resort is in the
process of buying the dive operation.  The acquisition is expected to be
completed by August 2008).  Bill and Nowdla Keefe own and manage the
operation.  Bill was on the boat with us on all our dives.  He was assisted
by George as a deck hand and dive master.   Bill and George did a very good
job on our dives providing background information about dive sites, good
dive briefings, natural navigation tips specific to each site, and making
sure everyone comfortable while on the boat.  They gave us recommendation
of places to visit on the island such as local restaurants.  The dive boat
was spacious but needed some maintenance e.g. painting. 

The diving in Bimini wasnt bad but it wasnt great either.  
Most of the dive sites located closer to shore around the Bahama Bank
(within 15-20 minutes by boat from the resort) looked the same: sandy
bottom with patches of coral.  The reefs were not very colorful and the
coral was not very abundant.  However, the fish density was probably one of
the highest weve seen anywhere.  We were surrounded by thick schools of
fish on almost every dive.  There is a great variety of fish including
butterfly fish, various snapper species, angle fish, trigger fish, and many
By contrast, the dive sites beyond the Bahama Bank and closer to the edge
of the continental shelf (about 40  50 minutes by boat from the resort)
were alive with color with very healthy corals and sponges.  Similar to the
other sites, there was an abundance of fish and some pelagic varieties
including jacks, turtles, sharks, and large groupers.  The diving in this
area is much better than closer to shore but getting there will be
dependent on weather since it lies outside the protection of the island.
Water temperature was consistent throughout the week at around 82°F. 
The seas were choppy but manageable on most days.  Underwater, visibility
was around 100 feet with low surge and some strong current at three or four
dive sites.
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