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Dive Review of Club Med in
Bahamas/San Salvador, Columbus Isle

Club Med, May, 2005,

by Hal Shanis, PA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 1679.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving throughout the caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 125 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions restrictions were individual depending on level of certification and # of dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was one of the best diving experiences that I have had in the Caribbean. Most of the reviews I read in Undercurrent were 5-10 years old and mostly negative. However, everything about this trip was terrific, except for the flight connections from Philadelphia. We had to sleepover in Miami. We went for less than a week, so we could not take the Club Med direct charter flights. Typical of a Club Med, we did not get much of a flavor of the island culture. Instead we experienced cultural diversity among the guests, since only 10% were Americans. Since most people were friendly, we met some very nice people on the boat and at the family style eating tables. The room, as well as the food buffets were excellent, with at least 10 different fresh homemade bread selections. The foods would satisfy any taste at every meal. For the first 2 days there were only 10 divers on our very large, double decker catamaran. When there were 30 divers on the boat the last day, we still had plenty of room. It was no big deal to hook up our own BC and regulator. That is probably a good habit to get into. There was a convenient room to rinse and store our equipment, by the dock. The coral was beautiful and the fish were plentiful. Everyone who dove saw at least one hammerhead. The water was chilly. But after I rented a 5mm, to replace my 2mm, I was comfortable. The two boats took out different level divers. So I felt that the divers on our boat were experienced and respected each other's space. The dive master were extremely pleasant, despite what earlier reviews reported. My only criticism is that the dive masters did not point out anything or teach anything about the underwater world, except to prepare us for a friendly grouper that apparently lives at one of the dive sites. We spotted the stingrays, flounder, shrimps and hammerhead ourselves. We did enjoy the independence of "drifting off" on our own because all of the reefs were very easy to navigate. The walls were spectacular!! Though with all of the careful hiring of experts that Club Med does, I would have expected someone who could further enlighten the guests about the beauty, fragility and interconnectiveness of the life in the sea. For me personally, a large part of the adventure, whenever blow bubbles and submerge, is to learn something about the ocean's ecological web of life. However, in sum, highly recommended!
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