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Dive Review of Diveshop Ltd/Salt Ashe Apt in
Barbados

Diveshop Ltd/Salt Ashe Apt, Nov, 2011,

by bill mashek, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 6307.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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