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Dive Review of Brendal's Dive Center/Green Turtle Club in
Bahamas/Green Turtle Cay (Abacos)

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Tripp Jones, SC, USA
Top Contributor   (52 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4295
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Caymans, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Roatan, Cozumel, St. Kitts,
Bahamas, etc
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
My wife was pleased with photo ops.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center, of Columbia, S.C. brought 14 divers
down to Green Turtle Cay for about the third trip, but this was our first.
We flew from Jacksonville on Craig Air to Daytona to pick up a few divers
and then to Marsh Harbour. The flight was about 1 1/2 hours overall on a 19
seat twin engine and was fine. After landing at Marsh Harbour, we had a 45
minute taxi ride to the ferry at Treasure Cay to go over to Green Turtle
Cay. This is a ferry that runs on "real time" and not
"island time" The taxi trip was about $20 pp (7 in taxi) and the
ferry was $13 pp for 15 min. trip. This was not a negative transportation
concern at all.

The Green Turtle Club is nice, clean and food was good. Our package
included breakfast, so we ate lunch on dive boat and in town 6 of the  
nights we were there. The rooms were clean and always made up by the return
from diving. Golf carts are a must to get around the 1 by 3 mile island,
especially to go to town to some of the local restaurants for dinner. Miss
Emily's, Harveys, and others were really good and fairly reasonbly priced.
I would go to a grocery store the first day and get soft drinks and to
another store for reasonably priced libations, especially rum.

Brendal's Dive Center does a very good job with the entire operation.
Usually the dive sites were about 20 minutes away and we left every AM
about 9 AM for a 2 tank dive. The dives were 45-65 feet with very long
bottom times. I had a 97 minute bottom time and the shortest of the 13
dives the entire week was 62 minutes!!  Brendal leads all dives and I know
why he is called "Bottom Time Brendal". We saw many small
critters that had not seen before. Brendal and staff do a great job of
pointing out the "tiniest critters" possible.

We saw a fair number of sharks, mainly reef and 1 bullshark also. Large
grouper were plentiful and it was great to see that many around, especially
with other places we have been. 

The coral was good, not great. There was some bleaching of elkhorn close to
surface, but all in all, it was very good. Visibility was usually 40 to 70
feet, so it was OK.

The trip back to Marsh Harbour was not a problem, but the Marsh Harbour
Airport is certainly lacking in security. The flight back to Jacksonville
was fine and the 5 hour trip back to Columbia is not a problem. Leaving the
island at 10 AM and home by 8 pm is fine with me.

This is a great place to go and we will return. The dive operation is
superb and tooling around on a golf cart in perfect weather is a dream 
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