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Dive Review of Brendals Dive Center in
Bahamas/Abacos, Green Turtle Cay

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Tripp Jones, SC, USA
Top Contributor   (52 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4991
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Caymans, Belize, Australia, Turks and Caicos, Roatan, Bonaire,
Curacao, St. Kitts, Grenada, St. Lucia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Computer limits, usually dive as a group, relatively shallow.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC, returned again to Green
Turtle Cay, staying at the Green Turtle Club and diving with Brendal's Dive
Center. We flew from Jacksonville to Marsh Harbor and took taxis to
Treasure Cay to catch the ferry to Green Turtle. The rooms were fine and we
ate breakfast every AM at the Green Turtle Club and took box lunches on the
two-dive days. We started about 9:00 or so and did two dives each day. The
water temp was 82-84 and viz was OK. We had a number of sharks on each
dive, usually 3-5 and sometimes 8 or so, including a couple of lemon
sharks. The boat is OK, and can accomodate our 14 divers OK. We would
return to the shop between 2-3 pm each day and had a picnic the last day.

One thing that we noticed was a marked decrease in the number of lionfish.
Brendal and Mary have been leaders in trying to stop the  spread of
lionfish in Green Turtle and surrounding islands. The number of juvenile
reef fish seemed to be larger than last year, when there were numerous
lionfish on each dive. The "Lionfish Roundup" held in June netted
about 1500 or so lionfish and these were studied by scientists and
educational leaders and will hopefully let us know more about these
invasive tropical fish who have no known predators. This was done in a 24
hour permit.
I applaud Brendal and Mary for their efforts.

A golf cart is needed to get around the small island of Green Turtle Cay.
There are several good restaurants with plenty of lobsters. Miss Emily's,
the Green Turtle Club, Laura's, and Harvey's are good local restaurants.

The dives were up to 95 minutes in length and there was a lot to see. This
is easy diving and warm water, no current, and lots of fishlife make this a
good place to go and we will return.

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