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Dive Review of SunnOdyssey Divers/Ritz Beach Resort and Ocean Reef in

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Catherine and Gary, WA, USA
Report Number 1201
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Tahiti,Bonnaire, Roatan, Utila, Cozumel, Cancun, Kona, St. Thomas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth and time suggested though not strictly enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Karen and Nick Rolle have run this operation for some 25 years and are
extremely safety conscious with a spotless record to back it up. Their
current facilities might seem pretty minimal and put some people off, but
they are in the process of building a major dive facility which should be
quite impressive. What really is important here though is the quality of
the people and their dedication to seeing that you have a great dive
experience. This is a family run operation, very friendly and very helpful.
Karen runs the office, Nick does most of the instruction from Discover Dive
to all kinds of advanced certifications, and their children (ages 17 - 25)
handle the boat and lead the dives. They were great fun to talk to and very
knowledgeable and highly experienced. They provided good dive and boat
briefings. Although we have our own gear, their rental equipment was first
rate and well maintained. In the water, while one person led the dive the
second brought up the rear with the third person staying on the boat. You
always felt you had plenty of time to stop, hang, and watch without being
rushed ahead. They checked to make sure everyone was ok and did a terrific
job of pointing out interesting finds and even herding special subjects
into camera range! They limit their boat to 10 people and several times
there were only 4 or less. We had a variety of dives from wrecks to coral
canyons and often finished with a shallow second dive requiring a smaller
surface interval and a good 50+ minutes of exploring. Karen makes an effort
to see that you experience a variety of dive sites but doesn't follow a
rigid daily schedule as some operators do - i.e. if it's Tuesday, it must
be Theo's wreck. And they often asked us where we wanted to go or what we
wanted to see. A few dives were cancelled due to weather but we also had a
tropical depression moving through - probably a good call. We liked being
able to rinse our gear back at the dock, leave it hanging out to dry, and
knowing that it would be locked up at night ready for the next day. This
operation far exceeds the big name ones that we researched and later
checked out. We had great dives but more importantly, we felt a part of a
wonderful, very dedicated family.  
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