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Dive Review of Divepro Barbados/Almond Beach Village in
Barbados

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Sivak, ca, usa (1 report)
Report Number 3283
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Thailand, Philippines, Hawaii, CA, Mexico (pacific), Costa Rica, Cozumel,
FL, Nassau, Exuma
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
40 minutes and 60 feet.    
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
No facilities on their catamaran.  
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
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Divepro Barbados is a great little shop owned by Summer Worme.  She prides
herself on good service and safe dives.  I concur with the previous review
of Divepro in Undercurrent.  After Ecodive Barbados didn't return my email
or phone messages, I called Divepro and set up some dives.  From Check-in
on I knew I had chosen well.  Very helpful staff.  Rental equipment
appeared to be good (I did bring my own).  Their main boat was down for
repair so we went out on the 30 something foot catamaran.  No head, or
camera tank/table.  I put mine in an unused tank holder (sort of).  Dive
sites were a short ride (20 minutes or so).  You do have to wade out to the
boat into about stomach deep water.  Not a big deal as the water is clean
in their little "marina".  My only gripe was the conservative
dive profiles. However, their average diver is a complete novice so I guess
it's understandable.  I surfaced with 1000 psi remaining everytime and was
not too happy about that.  Summer assured me that ALL dive operators on
Barbados are the same or more conservative.  The diving itself was
surprisingly good.  Pieces of eight was a fantastic little sloping reef
that had great viz the day I was there.  While the colors were a bit
monochromatic (mostly brown fans and sponges), there were some nice bright
sponges here and there.  It reminded me of Cozumel, but without the
constant colors.  Fish were a tad bit on the thin side.  I did see a nice
school of carribean reef squid and lots of turtles.  Several cooperative
spotted drums were nice photo subjects as well as penderson cleaner shrimp.


The Almond Beach Village is a Holiday Inn type all-inclusive.  The rooms
were pretty dull, but the pools and beach were nice.  Food was hit or miss,
slightly more on the hit side, but nothing to get worked up about.  The
booze was quite good though.  The property's main problem is it's location.
It is a full hour to the divepro shop.  It is all the way on the west end. 
I recommend staying in the south end, Bridgetown or maybe the Hilton area. 
I would not stay here again primarily because of the location.  

Divepro was a nice little stop on a business trip for me.  5 dives that
were fun and laid back.  I would go back.
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