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Dive Review of Scuba Bimini/South Bimini Yacht Club in

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Patricia Sinclair, Tx, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2067
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Jamaica, Fl Keys, Caymans
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None really, other than time to return.  Lead dives were usually the rule.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
When diving with K & B EZ Dive, they were great at helping you find the
odd and small critters on the reef. Helped to locate interesting fauna for
the camera bugs, too. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
The lack of concern and general attitude and actions exhibited by the dive
shop manager/divemaster for Scuba Bimini, especially as related to his
overall attitude toward boat maintenance, availability of diving etc.  It
quickly became apparent that he had neither interest nor any intent of
making an effort to provide the diving and other services for which we had
paid prior to arrival.  The boats were down when we arrived (he had not
even prepared a list of parts despite his statement that he had only a
couple of hours work to do that day).  The boats were still down when we
left and he seemed genuinely uninterested in correcting that or making
arrangements for my husband or myself to dive with another operator when it
was just the two of us, rather than a large group. 
The diving was good to great, when we did dive.  However, I paid for 18
dives for each of us (6 days of 3 dives a day, and of those, two were
supposed to be night dives.)  We were never even given the option to do a
night dive. And we only got to dive 4 days, not the 6 days for which we had
paid for prior to arrival at South Bimini.    Frankly, I feel we owe a debt
of thanks to the group from Virginia Beach who showed up a day or so after
we arrived.  It was only because of them and only while they were there
that the dive shop made any effort to provide a boat for diving.  Prior to
their arrival and after their departure, all we received were half-hearted
tales regarding setting us up for diving.  On the day we arrived, we were
told the boats had only several more hours work to be done and we would be
diving in the morning, never happened.   The DS Manager did promise, later
that evening, to make sure we got on a dive boat in the morning.  At around
10:30, when the DS manager finally showed up, we discovered that he had
made no arrangements but maybe something would be available that afternoon.
 That afternoon, the Virginia Beach group arrived, to much fanfare, back
slapping and flirting with the girls.  We DID have a boat for diving the
next morning (arranged by using another dive operator on the island, K
& B EZ Dive) and for the next several days that the group was in
residence.  After the last dive on Thursday, the DS Manager was quite clear
in saying Well, I just dont know what were going to do with you two
tomorrow.  He later promised to make arrangements for us to dive Friday
morning.  Well, the Virginia Beach group left Friday morning, DS Manager
showed up at about 11:00 and we once more discovered that no arrangements
had been made (oh what a big surprise !!)  He then offered to arrange for
us to go diving using an open 20 foot flat bottom outboard used to shuttle
supplies.  No ladder, no cover, no tank holders or proper seats/platform to
gear up and get in or out, not to mention he wanted to put us in that 20
foot flat bottom outboard in open ocean.  We declined.  
I would, without hesitation, dive again with K&B EZ Dive.  The diving,
from what we did manage to do, was and is fantastic.  We were both frankly
impressed and, according to my husband, this was more the flavor of the
diving and attention to individual service that the previous owners of
Scuba Bimini had provided.  It seems we were not the only ones impressed
with K&B though.  On Friday morning, before the group from Virginia
Beach left, the leader of that group went off for several hours (previously
arranged appointment) to view available hotel facilities and discuss dive
packages they might use for their future trips.  In fact, they did strike a
deal, sitting at the very large private table provided for that group in
the bar, to do their future dive trips through K&B and stay elsewhere
on the island. 

Just as a final note, and in all fairness, Percy, Tamara and many of the
other hotel staff since he started staying at the South Bimini Yacht Club
and diving with Scuba Bimini.  The hotel staff were, according to my
husband, their usual helpful, outgoing selves.  I can only say that each of
them, both individually and together, did everything possible to make our
stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.  Any request we had was
given the utmost effort (such as making a birthday cake for my hu8sband
which had not been previously mentioned or arranged, making something for
us not on the menu just because).  When we got locked out of our room
(husband lost the key) Percy made sure we were not unduly inconvenienced
despite their being no spare key to the room and then got us a new one the
next day.  Anything we needed or wanted was attended to and our comfort and
enjoyment was always first priority.  
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