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Dive Review of Dive Guana/Dolphin Beach Resort in
Bahamas/Grand Guana Cay

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Mark & Lynn Thorne, NC, USA
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Report Number 3686
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bimini, Grand Bahamas, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Cyaman Brac, Curacao,
Cozumel, Grand Turk, Greneda, St. Lucia, Key Largo, West Palm Beach, North
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None.  Dives were around 60 minutes.  5 divers on the boat, all
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No rinse tank or area for cameras. Rinse hose on board.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
I recommend Great Guana Cay, Bahamas for a fall trip that is guaranteed to
be a very quiet and very relaxing trip to get away from it all and do some
laid-back, very easy diving while there.  No dive was over 50 feet with
almost no current or waves.

Restaurants are limited and expensive. Our group of 6 prepared our own food
most of the week where we stayed at "The Red House" which is a
part of the Dophin Beach Resort. The Dophin Beach Resort is a short walk
from the dive shop. Docksider has a great view of Abacos Sound and it has a
diverse and changing menu, albeit pricey.  Nippers Beach Bar has a nice
pool, great beach view and good snorkeling but food is marginal.  Everyone
on the island was very curtious and helpful. The grocery store on the
island is well stocked with lots of variety.  Golf carts are the mode of
transporation around the island and needed for exploration.  

Dive Guana is a small dive operation which is owned by Troy and Maria. We
found Troy and his first mate, Rudy, to be accomodating and attentive to
divers.  Divemaster Troy was a bit cool on my first impression but we found
him to be helpful and as attentive as you wanted him to be. Coral is not in
great shape with algae everywhere and there are very few small critters. 
On the other hand, there where lots of blacktip sharks and schools of fish.
Our best dive was a wreck dive - Jacento. This wreck is full of large
schools of snappers, grunts, etc. Troy knows all the dive sites very well
and tries to find the critters, etc. you are in search of. Lots of pretty
swim throughs.  One lion fish.  Lots of grouper.

The beaches are white, soft sand, blue, clear, clean water. The snorkeling
at the pier beside the dive shop and off the beach was good.  Take Albury's
Ferry there from Marsh Harbour which keeps a regular, punctual schedule
with large roomy and clean boats. Dive Guana will arrange private ferry
also to Marsh Harbour.
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