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Dive Review of Sandals Emerald Bay in
Bahamas/Great Exuma

Sandals Emerald Bay: "Not primarily for diving, but good place to do 1 or 2 easy tanks a day", Dec, 2014,

by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 8096.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I found the dive operation exceptionally well run. The boat is comfortable and well equipped, rental gear (which I did not use) is top quality, and the staff does an excellent job of caring for newbies while respecting more experienced folks. They normally do a one-tank dive at 9:00 AM, return to dock around 11:00, then go out again for another one-tank around 11:30. Dives were limited to 30 minutes bottom time. (If they had a boatload of experienced divers only, I suppose that might change. But it seems unlikely in the resort setting). Water temp was 76-78F, and visibility was amazing. I get cold easily and wore my 5mm fullsuit, but some people were comfortable in just bathing suits or 3mm rentals. Coral at the sites I dove tended to be storm-damaged and not very colorful. The only notably fishy site was the nice Tugboat Wreck, but I did see a few sharks and large cudas, a green moray, a pretty nudi, several big nassau groupers, and a few schools of various small colorful fish at other sites. Make sure you find the diving forms on the Sandals website, fill them out, and bring copies with you. Note that the med form requires a physician's sign-off if you've checked certain boxes. They really are not set up to take you diving the morning after you arrive, because they want time to process your forms, fit you for rental equipment if necessary, and check your skills in the pool if you don't have real certification and recently logged dives. As none of this applied to me, I was able to dive the morning after arrival by going to the beach activity shack when they opened at 8:00 AM and firmly insisting.
Websites Sandals Emerald Bay   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat, Komodo, Galapagos, Fiji, Coral Sea, Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba, New Jersey, various Caribbean and Florida areas.
Closest Airport Georgetown (GGT) Getting There From Nassau or Miami

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 76-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with divemaster.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 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]
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