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Dive Review of Caribbean Divers/Bell Channel Inn in
Bahamas/Lucaya

Caribbean Divers/Bell Channel Inn, Jun, 2010,

by Dan Clements, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 5550.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Washington, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Galapagos, French Polynesia, Marquesas, Oman, Bahamas, Mexico, Florida Keys.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None on shallow dives, profile on deeper dives (90 feet plus).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of space for gear on boat. Rinse tanks for P&S on board, large tank for large DSLR rigs on dock.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We were a group of six Seattle area divers/photographers who dove with UNEXSO and Caribbean Divers. We had an outstanding time with both operators.

Caribbean is more laid back and inexpensive. The boat is showing some use, but was fine. We made 2-4 diver per day with them. Many sharks (nurse and reef), barracuda, rock groupers, tropicals, etc. Very nice wreck diving. Coral is in good shape, but not as abundant as areas like Key Largo.

Bell Channel Inn was a wonderful surprise. Rooms are quite large, bit dated, but very comfortable. Food was outstanding and very inexpensive. Staff was great and very helpful: discounts for UNEXSO dives.

If you are in this area, be sure to do the UNEXSO dolphin dive, and shark feed if you want close-up shark shots.

Great 10 day trip. Everyone wants to return next year.
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