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

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US
Top Contributor   (52 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6177
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Truk, Australia,Turks & Caicos,Belize,
Roatan,Bahamas,Bonaire,Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 lbs back on boat  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
My wife, the photographer, had no complaints.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was our 4th trip to dive with Brendal at the Green Turtle Club on
Green Turtle Cay. Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center, Columbia, SC
chartered a 19 passenger plane from Jacksonville, Fla, to Treasure Cay
airport ( 1 hour 15 min flight) and then took water taxi over to GTC. The
flight was postponed a day due to Tropical Storm Emily, but we made it and
were glad we did.

The diving is good, with warm water, fair to good viz, which is about like
usual for this time of year (August). There were a good number of sharks
and I was pleased that there were more large and medium sized grouper than
last few years. Also, the number of Lionfish was lower and Brendal and
staff are aggressive if ridding the reefs of these predators. There were a
lot of juveniles and small critters and I think the aggressive approach to
controlling Lionfish is paying off.

The dive boat is adequate, and is limited to 14 divers. The dives are long,
generally 50 feet or so,  and Brendal takes pride in finding creatures that
divers want to find. He and his staff really do a fine job and they take
care of your equipment daily. 

The Green Turtle Club is fine for food and accomodations. Our group stayed
in duplex units on Turtle Point and these are fine. We get golf carts to
travel to the village of New Plymouth (12-15 minutes ride) to eat at
several restaurants ( Harvey's, Laura's Kitchen, etc) and these are quite
good. Lobster was plentiful, although somewhat pricey in places. Our group
had a breakfast package at the club, took a sandwich on the dive boat and
had dinner later. The last dive( 2nd) is followed by great rum punch on the
way in. We would leave the dock about 9 AM and return about 2:30 PM. Dive
sites were generally 30 minutes or so away from the dock.

We will continue to return to Green Turtle Cay to dive with Brendal. He and
Mary, his wife, really do a good job. Jack and Tasha, his dive masters were
exceptional. They are leaving to go to Toronto and will be missed. This is
a "fun" trip and we look forward to returning.
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