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Dive Review of The Dive Shop Ltd./Villa Bruadair in
Barbados

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Edward Monat, ME, US (1 report)
Report Number 5430
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cancun, Belize, Grand Cayman, Curacao, Salt Cay, Florida, Nova Scotia,
Massachusetts and home in Maine.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
General guidelines were set but the divemaster let experienced members of
the group dive their own profiles.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
There is tons to photograph in Barbados. Fish, invertebrates, wrecks,
corals and massive sponges are awesome for photography. The overall
undersea landscape had a lot to offer. Sometimes in a large group like ours
the sand would get stirred up when divers got excited about the cool stuff
to see. You have to lug your camera equipment out to the boat, which does
not bother me, and I have a big rig. Doing so you walk through surf which
stirs up the sand, so you have to pay careful attention to your o-ring. The
rinse bucket is on shore. You can rinse between dives on your suface
interval which is also back onshore. This is all worth it. All of the dives
the boat picked us up. I was able to go off on my own, take photos, and be
picked up later. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
5 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
First I want to say that we were a group of 15 year-round cold water divers
from the League of Underwater Superheroes in Bar Harbor, Maine. Our group
can not stop talking about our trip. The whole experience was truly
amazing. We picked Barbados for many reasons, but you don't hear much about
the diving there. I read some reviews online and divers seemed to really
enjoy it. Well so did we!

It was easy to get to. Portland to JFK to Barbados on Jet Blue was easy and
comfortable. We arrived at 1:30 in the afternoon and were snorkeling the
first day.

Barbados is really beautiful. You need to get away from the hustle and
bustle and visit the whole island. We did on our last day. It was well
worth it. The people are really friendly, there is almost no crime, and
there were no bugs. The transportation is by cab or bus. The bus system is
cheap but long and a bit scary. You could rent a car, but I think you would
be taking your life into your own hands. Order fish balls at the Surfside
in Holetown, eat $3 fish sandwiches at the little fish shack, a short walk
down the beach from the Dive Shop, and go to Oistins on Friday night. Most
restaurants are wicked expensive, so we ate most of our meals in our villa.
We were a 15 minute walk to town.

Our villa was just beautiful and really well thought out. Built in 2007, it
was 3 stories tall with 7 bedrooms with a/c, 8 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, 2
pools, balconies and decks everywhere. There was also a bar, entertainment
area, gazebo, and great landscaping. The back of the villa bordered the
rainforest. The top of the villa was actually level with the rainforest
canopy. We were visited daily by tons of monkees and birds. The staff was
great also.

The Dive Shop rocks! Fatema and her crew were awesome. They are all
knowledgeable, fun, helpful, and accomodating. They boat captain Michael
and our divemaster Dave would help divers get in the water if they wanted
it. Michael was excellent at handling the boat and picking up divers. Dave
was great at finding unbelievable marine life and pointing it out. Fatema
and friends or family would come to our villa and pick us up and bring us
back for our dives. She would also go way out of her way to wait for us to
get food, stop at the rum shop, or be brought to an alternative location.
The dive boat was a little small for our group, but we didn't mind at all.
They anchor the boat near the beach and you have to walk your gear and
tanks out to the boat. We did 13 dives over 6 days. This included a night
dive and a shore dive. Most dives are easy drift dives. The wrecks of
Carlisle Bay are right at the beach of the Dive Shop. Shore diving was an
excellent addition to our dives. We also used The Dive Shop for a snorkel
with the turtles, stingrays, and puffer. This was an incredible experience
also. After our last dive Fatema gave everyone a Dive Shop T-shirt and she
held a huge party with lots of beer and tons of the best-tasting Bajan
cooked food. Call or email Fatema and she'll set you up.

Our diving included: awesome 365 wreck "Stav", Carlisle Bay
wrecks, turtles galore, stingrays, amazingly massive and beautiful sponges,
tons of eels, frog fish, sea horses, octopus, squid, slipper and spiny
lobsters, all kinds of crabs, conch, hermits, jawfish, flying gunards,
peacock flounders, cleaner shrimp, anemones, all kinds of beautiful fish, a
huge porcupine fish with a remora, and humpback whale singing on every
dive. We even hunted for old bottles and found some really old and cool
ones too. You can keep the bottles. Carlisle Bay is loaded with marine
life. Do many dives here. We did. Of all the diving I've done around the
Caribbean, this was the most varied and exciting for me.
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