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Dive Review of Coral Caverns in
Bahamas/Andros Island

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Dexter, Ca, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3823
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
There were no restrictions except practice safe diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
When was the last time you were the first people to dive a site ?? When did
you do exploratory diving and name a dive site ?? My 2 Brit dive buddie's
and I headed off for Coral Caverns Dive Resort on Andros Island after
reading about them in a UK dive magazine. I really did not know what to
expect. As promised, my ride to the resort (about 20 mins) was waiting for
me at the Andros airport. Upon arrival, I was met by Lucia (owner) and
escorted to our room. My 2 dive buddies had arrived early in the day and
already had done 2 dives. We were scheduled to share a double room and
bath, but since we were the only guests, Lucia graciously opened up the 3
bedroom bungalow(at no charge) so we each had our own room and bathroom.
Coral Caverns is a diamond in the rough. It is easy diving--2 dives per
day--virgin sites on over half the dives. Mark and Lucia are the consumate
hosts, making you feel very much like family. Diving is from a Rigid
inflatable with sun roof, water and adequate seating (19ft). Exit is by
backroll and entry is through a trap door in the bow--very easy !!! Before
you head out to dive, they ask you what you want to do and see--no preset
times or itineraries. Depthes and times were up to you within reason. No
baby sitting--dive your own profile. We had 1-3 reef sharks 4-6ft on most
dives that cruised lazily by. We appreciated that this was a natural
sighting,not the result of shark feeding, which Coral Caverns refuses to
do. The underwater topography was entrancing with wonderful swim throughs
and canyons 15-30 ft deep. The soft corals were great. There were many
types of reef fish and common sightings of jacks, barracuda and
pompano(even a manta on one dive). On one day the weather was perfect for
us to dive the Tongue of the Ocean. The dive site is a US Navy buoy
tethered in 5000 ft of water. The draw here is the chance to see Silky
sharks and other pelagics, but there is no guarantee. We were fortunate !!
We had numersous Silkies around at all times (up to 9 at once) as well as
Mahi Mahi, yellow fin tuna and numerous types of jacks. At times the swell
and chop was 6-10 ft outside the reef, but as long as we were comfortable
with the conditions, Mark had no problems taking us where we wanted to go.
The accommodations are confortable and clean. If you are looking for Glitz,
this is not the place for you. The pool was down for maintenance while we
were there, but the weather was such that it was not needed, and you could
use a kayak if you wanted. Food was quite good and plentiful. For breakfast
and lunch, Daisy or Lucia would ask what you wanted and they would prepare
it for you.If you are not a diver or fisherman, I think this is not for
you. But if you want the chance to dive some virgin sites in a relaxed
atmosphere and be hosted by some great Texas people (owners Lucia and Mark)
This is the Jewel you may be looking for.
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