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

April, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Bear Johnston, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 6060
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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