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Dive Review of Caribben Divers & Sunn Odyssey/Island Seas in
Bahamas/Grand Bahama

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by David Reazor, MI, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4648
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Grand Cayman, St Kitts, Nevis, Stacia, Grand Turk, New
Providence Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within sight of DM, return with 500psi, dive time stated but not
strictly enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Had seperate buckets for cameras on boat. Nothing setup on shore, Sunn
Odyssey did have a fresh water hose at the dock you could use to rinse you
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
One was of many trips to Grand Bahama Island. On this trip we dove with
Caribbean Divers and Sunn Odyssey Divers based on previous experience. The
first two days we dove with Caribbean Divers. They picked us up at our
hotel within 5 minutes of the scheduled time. Caribbean Dives is an Uncle
and Nephew setup and when you arrive at the shop, you signup and pay.You
get to the boat via the laundry room of the hotel and need assistance with
someone holding onto the floating dock The boat shows it age, but is in
good shape. There is cover for a break from the sun. They have
ship-to-shore radio and was mentioned a first aid kit and oxygen were in
the small cabin. The first dive had four divers, two were newbies and six
snorkelers. We went to a shallow reef 30-40ft and observed some good but
mostly bleached coral. The small reef fish didnt seem to mind and they
brought along some bread crumbs to attract the fish, but nothing large. We
spotted two smaller lobsters hiding out during the day. If you take you
time, you discover there are a lot of small critters around. We scheduled
the next day and left our gear for them to store over night in a secured
room. Next day pickup was the same and our gear was already setup. Dive was
scheduled near shark alley. When we got near the shark feeding area, there
was at least 1215 sharks as Unexso was conducting a shark feed. Since we
are not into this practice, we headed away and found a spotted eel trying
to hide on the upside down wreck. There were a few large groupers hanging
around, but most of the other fish were gone with all of the commotion. We
could only go on afternoon dives as they had scheduled classes in the
Tanks were at 3,000 or more and plenty of weights available on the boat as
needed. Two buckets, one for masks and the other cameras. Back at the dock,
two large barrels with fresh water to rinse your gear.  Caribbean Divers is
a smooth operation and they take care of you. You were request to stay
within sight of the dive leader and they suggested length of dive, not
enforced, just return to the boat with 500 psi. 
The next dives were with Sunn Odyssey. The first dive was at Pigmy Caves
also called the Tunnels. These are groves in the coral and the bottom of
the grooves is sand. The coral is reasonably healthy and you can find all
sorts of critters if you look for them. Lobsters and crabs hide everywhere
and not uncommon to find cleaner shrimp. We did not see any larger fish.
The next dive was shark alley. As we got ready to step off the swim
platform, we could see 56 sharks circling below. As we dropped down, we
discovered there were about 10 sharks. They circled us, mostly likely
waiting to be fed. As we explored the rest of the area, the sharks were
always close by. One larger shark liked to sneak up behind you. One liked
to play hide and seek behind the coral heads and then pop out as you would
move around the coral. You just needed to let them know you know they were
there. When we surfaced, I mentioned that the sharks were playful and
discovered another dive indicated they were very nervous. We have dove with
the sharks many times and keep an eye on them and have never had a problem.
We enjoy watching them as they glide through the water. Most of them are
Caribbean Reef, occasionally a bull shark we be in the mix.
Sunn Odyssey is a husband and wife team. The wife runs the office and Nick
takes care of the diving. Nick was breaking in a new helper that needs a
little more work. The boat is old but maintained and there is shade from
the sun. Two buckets, one for masks and the other for cameras. The boat has
a ship to shore, no mention of first aid or oxygen. The operations runs
reasonably smooth, although we were late pulling away from the dock with a
lot of tanks low in the 2,000 to 2,300 range and caused a lot of
exchanging. They offer pick-up and locked storage for you gear overnight.
There are two large freshwater barrels to rinse you gear at the dock. They
request that you stay with the group, but its not a follow the leader type
dive, just keep within the area. Dive times are more of a suggestion.
There is not a lot of difference between the two. Sunn Odyssey is a little
more expensive but they have a nicer shore setup. Both operations provide
great overall service.
Island Seas are comfortable condos with full kitchens. Out two bedroom
easily handled the four of us. They are 10 minutes by bus/cab to Port
Lucaya with a free shuttle during the day. We were there over the New Years
celebration and on New Years Eve, the square at Port Lucaya had live
entertainment and New Years Day the Janakanoo parade was downtown Freeport.
We enjoyed both and had a good time. The volume of tourists was definitely
down and talking to some of the locals, they were being hit hard by the
overall economic problems.  
Grand Bahama is easy diving. The shallow reefs show bleaching and a lot of
algae. The deeper reefs have not suffered the same problem. There are a few
wrecks that are interesting. Generally there is not any current, although
there can be some mild currents depending on the weather. The larger stuff
is noticeably absence.The lack of anything large is the same problem that I
have noticed happening throughout the Caribbean, over fishing and pollution
being the major issues. Amazing, we did not see any Lion fish on this trip.

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