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Dive Review of Barbados Blue Dive Shop/Barbados Hilton in
Barbados

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Gary W Wenzel, NH, USA
Report Number 2780
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau,Truck Lagoon,Beqa & Taveuni, Fiji,Guam, Rota,
Hawaii,Bonaire,Curacao, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman,
Derawan,Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]Plan your dive and dive your plan.  No problems just follow
your computer.  Dives ranged from 40ft to 120 ft.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Water rinse tank provided for camers.  If there were beginners on board
they would provide, usually Robert,my dive guide, to swim with me only so
that I would have the best opportunity for videos.  They would drop Robert
and I on the deeper side of the reef and drop the less experienced others
on the more shallow side
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Diving Barbados was a great wonderful surprise! Barbados Blue has a great
facility for storing your gear and tries in every way to accomodate your
needs.  I always bring all my dive gear and only ask for weights and air
but their equipement appears in to be in great shape. 2 great dive guides
are Robert and "G".  Roger knows how to run the boat and is
always there to help handing you your camera after your back roll.  They
have 2 boats. One is a large catarmaran and another is perhaps 30 feet.
Max. divers were 8 and they would split you up with 2 dive guides.
The West coast is calm and hot!  East coast Atlantic side is wild and not
often available for diving. The dive shop is on the property of the Hilton
at Needham's Point located at the end between the Atlantic and the
Caribbean.  The amount of tropicals found there are amazing!  The reefs are
very healthy with no bleaching. For me, the best time is April and May when
the Hawkbill turtles come ashore to nest. On nearly every dive, I would see
3-5 turtles and what makes them so great is they allow you to get close to
them, whether they are sleeping, cruising or eating unlike many other
Caribbean Islands where the turtles take off as soon as they see you. Sting
rays of all sizes are abundant with no sharks seen, along with many trumpet
and coronet fish and occasional baracudas.  While underwater, you will
experience brackish water [Atlantic water meeting the Caribbean water]
where the temp drops 10 deg. and everything is blurry but that will last
only for 5-10 seconds.  This is a real interesting experience. Infront of
the dive shop and next to the Hilton is Carlisle Bay. There you will find
at least 6 sunken boats that are easy to penetrate and dive. A very
quiet,sandy bottom with not too much coral but loads of creatures. Great
for the 2nd dive because the deepest spot I found was 52 feet. Snorklers
also go there through the dive shop. I am the only diver in my family so
this is important for other members. You will be infromt of the Malibu Rum
factory, Malibu Beach and just a beautiful spot.
There are a constant changes of water conditions from easy, to gliding
along and then flying with the scenery always changing.  It's terrific with
no chance of boredom. If you are really interested in learning about the
marine life as a snorkler or diver, they have the only marine biologist in
Barbados on staff at the dive shop, Andre Miller Msc.
This was a wonderful place with great diving for me and the hotel along
with so many great restaurants makes this dive destination better than most
in the islands for me and my non-diving family. 
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