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Dive Review of UNEXSO/Taino Beach Club Resort in
Bahamas/Grand Bahama Island

UNEXSO/Taino Beach Club Resort, Apr, 2011,

by Bear Johnston, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 6060.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Most Divermasters/instructors would let you extend your bottom time below the boat
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The boats had two large raise buckets, one for gear and one for cameras. No place to store cameras besides the raise buckets on the boats

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments UNEXCO runs a first class operation, but I did have some issues with them. Maybe it was just my unlucky week. I had scheduled a shark dive on my first day of diving because they only do the dive a few days a week. I show up for the dive it was cancelled. The other divers who were doing the dive, decided to do the two tank afternoon dive instead, leaving me the only dive for the shark dive. No fault of mine, but I lost a day of diving. UNEXCO requires you pay in full for all dives when booking with no refund if you change your mind. They were able to schedule me for the next shark dive later in the week. The next morning I show up for my scheduled two tank morning dive only to find out I wasn't on the list. I had to prove to them I had scheduled the dive and they were already paid for it. As it turned out, when rescheduling my shark dive, it cancelled the rest of my paid dives. They were able to fix it, but it did take time. The manager was very nice about it and she comped me the morning dive. I also had my scheduled dolphin dive get cancelled due to weather, but only Mother Nature is to blame there.
For those who want to get close to sharks, UNEXCO's shark dive is one not to miss. They feed each shark individually and the shark handlers have learned to put the sharks asleep by rubbing the sharks nose. They will then bring the shark up to each diver to feel the skin. Great for those with cameras. For those who are shooting with DSLR's the will try and make you get shoulder to shoulder with the next diver making having your strobe placed wide a little difficult. I made sure I was on the end and after a few minutes of shooting, the safety diver behind us, let me move away from the other divers a little. UNEXCO does offer a shark handler course, which I would love to do, on my next trip to Grand Bahama Island.
The other dives were nothing to write home about. I ended up repeating some of the same dive sites. The reef structures were small coral heads with a few fish around each. I saw large lionfish on most dives.
Topside, Grand Bahama Island and the city of Freeport is very nice and clean. The people are all friendly. Much more lay back than Nassau. We stayed at the Taino Beach Club and Resort. They have their own private beach on the other side of the channel where UNEXCO is located. There is a shuttle from the resort, that will take right to UNEXCO, so you did need to rent a car if you dont want to.
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