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Dive Review of High Tide Water Sports/All Seasons Resort-Europa in
Barbados/West Coast

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Carl McDaniels, Arizona, U.S.A. (2 reports)
Report Number 4482
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Through out the Caribean, Indonesia, Australia, Mexico, and Honduras.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
20   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Expected to follow the divemaster.  
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
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
A fresh water bucket was provided, but was constantly contaminated by
masks, etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
2 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
The resort and diving operation was selected by our local dive shop because
we had 20+ divers and it seemed a "moneys worth" deal.  What we
found when we arrived in Barbados was a resort that had seen better days, a
dive operation that was terrible, and the highest prices for food ever
experienced.  Ever had a chicken breast dinner with frys and two beers for
$52.00 USD?  This was at a local restaurant, not an upscale, posh resort. 
Barbados has a reputation for high food prices, and that could possibly be
why there is so little fish on the dive sites.  The locals eat 'em.  

I will concentrate my comments on the dive operation "High Tide Water
Sports".  It was selected because it had two dive boats capable of
accommodating approximately 12 persons each, and we believed we would all
be able to dive as a group using both boats.  What occured on each of our 5
dive days was our entire group was placed on one boat while the other dive
boat was used by High Tide Water Sports to transport 6-10 other divers from
other locations or resorts.  This made our pre-diving conditions
intollerable.  Not only was the boat unsafe because of overloading, but one
of the two motors was constantly dying due to bad repairs.  We were forced
to change into gear in shifts due to so many divers on board.  This was
time consuming and often made our two dive boat trip to close-in local
sites into a 4-6 hour day.  We were instructed to be at the dive boat by
8:30 a.m. each day, but the boat was rarely loaded and ready to leave
before 10:00 a.m.  Once aboard and ready to dive we often encountered short
fills on the tanks anywhere from 1800 p.s.i. to 2500 p.s.i.

Although we were informed that our gear would be cleaned on a daily basis
and stored in a secure facility, we were not informed we would have to
carry the gear to the so-called facility over extremely rough terrain due
to soft sand and high levels to reach on many occasions.  The cleaning by
the crew was a joke.  All gear was thrown into a pile and watered down by a
hose.  There was no dunk tank as promised for cleaning.

On a positive note, the dive masters were excellent and attentive and the
pre-dive briefings were for the most part well presented.

As a word of caution to any divers considering Barbados as a dive location,
be aware that although the island itself is beautiful and the history is
such that a visit can be worthwhile, the diving is only so-so, and the
overall costs for food and local transportation are prohibitive.  Be
prepared to spend much more money than what you might expect to spend at
other Caribbean locations.

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