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Dive Review of Caribbean Divers/Bell Channel Inn in
Bahamas/Grand Bahma Island

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Tom McNamara, GA, USA
Report Number 1493
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Belize, Caymans, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Honduras, PR, Turks and
Caicos, USVI, US Keys.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Told to stay with the Dive Master.  Strict time/depth restrictions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Presley, the captain and owner of Caribbean Divers, enforced strict depth
and time restrictions which turned out to be fairly reasonable.  He did
insist on guided tours with him or Jerry, his nephew.  Unguided tours were
not allowed.  He refused to allow any wall dives.  While not the
friendliest team in town, they were not jerks either.  They provided a
safe, efficient, no-frills service.  Caribbean Divers has one boat, a 12
passenger vessel which was very accomodating with the engine below deck so
there were no exhaust fumes to deal with and it provided a shaded canopy. 
Fresh water was provided on board and Presley or Jerry took everyone's BC
off after exiting the water and switched tanks for them.  Water entry was
via a backward roll and exit from the water via an open ladder.  Dive sites
were about 5 to 10 minutes from the dock and the dock was located at the
Bell Channel Inn.  Rinse tanks were provided on the dock.  All rooms at the
Inn were within 100 feet of the dock/boat.  Restraurant service was
inconsistent at the Inn but the food was excellent and very reasonably
priced.  The hotel is showing the signs of a salt environment with metal
rusting  and tiles discolored.  But it was safe and relatively clean.  Dive
sites were spur and groove formations with relatively healthy coral and
sharks were seen on 4 out of 6 dives although no rays or turtles were sited
and only one spotted moray.  Abundant reef fish with large schools of
Jacks.  Caribbean Divers provides a good value for the no frills crowd.  I
would do it again.
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