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

Brendal's Dive Center/GreenTurtle Club, Jul, 2012,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 54 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 6626.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Australia, Caymans, Bonaire, Grenada, Curacao, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Follow computer profile
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat setup for UWP's was "ok"

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our 5th consecutive year returning to Green Turtle Cay to dive with Brendal and stay at the Green Turtle Club. Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center of Columbia, SC had 16 people, 14 of them divers, drove to St. Augustine to fly over on Airgate, a charter airline out of New Smyrna Beach. We flew to Treasure Cay (on time) and took water taxi to GTC. Golf carts are a must and then made the 12 minute ride to the club. Our rooms were on Turtle Point, and were adequate and comfortable. We ate breakfast every morning at the club, finishing in time to go on the dive boat at 9:00 AM.

The diving is not the greatest, but it is fun. The dives are unhurried, with profiles in the 40-50 foot range and bottom times of 60 minutes or so. Brendal and his staff ( Chris and BJ) do a great job of trying to show you the small critters and other interesting things. We saw several very large grouper and the overall fish life was very good. The lionfish population was less compared to what we have seen in previous years, and there were more juveniles seen. The diving was poor 2 days, with surge due to a passing front, but improved greatly by the end of the week. Rum punch on the ride back in is wonderful!

Most nights we ate at the Club, and the conch chowder is the best in the Bahamas, behind only Riding Rock Inn in San Sal. We also ate in town at Harvey's, Bluff House, and Sundowner's.

This is a fun trip. This is a relaxing venue, only 2 dives per day, with time for other things to do in the afternoon. We'll return again, likely flying with Airgate, and we look forward to again diving with Brendal.

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