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

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Hal Shanis, PA, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 1679
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
throughout the caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
125   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
restrictions were individual depending on level of certification and # of
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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