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

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US
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Report Number 6626
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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