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Dive Review of Diveshop Ltd/Salt Ashe Apt in
Barbados

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by bill mashek, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 6307
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Both coasts of Mexico, Central, South American, US west coast, Florida,
Caribbean, Indo, South East Asia, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
80   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Fairly shallow dives, none greater than 80 ft. mostly, 30-50'.  no walls
a couple of drift dives with moderate currents.  very easy diving.    
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
5 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
The island of Barbados is the most eastern exposure of all the Caribbean
Islands.  Subsequently, it is the Vortex of major swells coming from the
Atlantic.   This makes Barbados a superior surfing hotspot as well as dive
destination.   Being a multi-sport traveler, I chose to go to Barbados
for this reason.   We stayed at Salt Ashe Apts., moderately priced (75.00)
and located just off the Saint Lawrence Gap. On a nice surfing beach. We
dove with Dive Shop Ltd., one of the oldest dive shops in Barbados. 
Fatima, the owner, picked us up at our hotel each dive morning and took us
back at the end of the day.  
The diving in Barbados may not be world class but it is interesting and
diverse.  There are over 200 wrecks that lie just off its shores.  The most
famous being the Stavronikita, a 365 Greek freighter.  
However, Barbados has much more to offer than a few wrecks.  The Fringing
reefs scattered around the island offer easy "drift" diving. 
Some of the local marine life we saw included (many) hawksbill turtles,
stingrays, flying fish and barracuda.   
We went to Barbados with no expectations. We had a great non-diving,
surfing and diving experience.  If you like to surf and dive or have a
non-diving partner, Barbados is a fun island with lots of activities.  

 
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