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Dive Review of Carib Ocean Divers/Opn aka "Lorenzo's Scuba Dreams" in
Barbados

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by William Ungerman, CA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4263
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the divemaster (sort of); exit with 500 PSI  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Not set up for or catering to U/W photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
We found "Lorenzo" on the internet and decided to go with him
instead of the several other operations we were in contact with.  Reasons? 
He was responsive and communicated well (even calling at 0345 to confirm
one thing or the other).  This is the second time we have dove Barbados
(both times off a cruise ship) and I have to concur with the Undercurrent
comment introducing Barnados.  It's not a great dive destination but if you
find yourself there, do indeed do some diving.  It can be modestly
rewarding.  We dove the Stavronikita, a 320 foot interisland freighter
intentionally sunk.  It's Barbados' most visited site and well worth the
effort.  It's a great wreck dive.  The "Stav" sits upright in the
sand and is open to exploration.  Some fish life but the wreck is the
thing.  On the second dive we dove "Dottin's Reef," an
unremarkable low profile reef with modest (gracious understatement) marine
life.  A Spotted Moray Eel was the highlight here.

Lorenzo's crew is efficiant and attentive and the 37 foot boat was
uncrowded with just the four members of our family  and another eleven year
old diver who just got certified along with his father watching bubbles. 
Lorenzo picked us up and re-delivered us to the cruise ship dock, which is
some distance from his operation HQ, located at some funky beach resort. 
There is a nice rinse tank.  Dive log stamp but no t-shirts.  Attitudes: 
Breezy and friendly.  "Stay cool mon... You have watch; I have
time"
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