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Dive Review of The Dive Shop/Grand Barbados in
Barbados/Carlisle Bay

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by jim morus, ohio, usa
Report Number 195
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Curacao,Bonaire,Bahamas,Belize,Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
10   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Let divemaster see you were comfortable in the water and dive youe own
profile  
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
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Comments
No rinse tanks on boats, no tables on boats
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
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  

Newly learned rule: When someone at a dive resort extols the virtue of a
different resort, ask if they own part of it.

The Dive Shop:  Two locations.  One beachside within walking distance of
the Grand Barbados Hotel, the other in Bridgetown.  Owner, Haroon Degia,
extremely friendly and cooperative.  Has rental equipment available and I
heard no complaints about it from any of the customers who used it. Boat
had no ladder for entry.  It had been broken for several months, but
“nobody complains much.”  No dock at beachside
location.  You carry your gear and tank to the boat from 25 to 150 yards
from dive shop to boat.  They carry if you ask.  No water on boat,from
beachside, but warter and juice on larger boat from downtown.  Dive masters
harvested conch for dinner while on dives with customers.  The last dive of
the day was always the Carlisle Bay Wreck dive.  
Water temp was in the mid 80’s.

One unusual thing was that they would leave the mooring, with divers still
in the water, if someone was taken by the current. The first time you
surface at the mooring and see the boat as a spec on the horizon is a bit
unnerving.  They said.  “We knew you would be down a while longer
and they were lost.  You know how to dive.”  We were never that
far from shore to induce fear.  The second and third times were not nearly
as upsetting. 
 
We did see turtles on most of the dives, one dive as many as six.  As bad
as the vis was the turtles sometimes were within 3 to 4 feet of the divers
and were clearly visible.  One was so close I saw my reflection in his eye.
 Small fish life was a little sparse, but mid size had been nearly
harvested dry by fisherman.  

Dived Stavro Nikita 4 or 5 times.  Spent most of those dives near the mast,
as that is where the fish were.  Went down to the deck and to the sand
bottom once, not much to see.

Beautiful island, a great place for a family vacation. If you dive and your
wife doesn’t it would be a great place because the beaches are as
beautiful as any in the Caribbean.

As a dive only destination, we won’t go back.  Food prices were
exorbitant -. KFC $40 American.  That was our cheap date.  There was a
converted camper near the beach at the hotel and dive shop called
“Cuz’s.”  Pepsi in real glass bottles fresh
fish steak or flying fish sandwiches and burgers for inexpensive prices. 
He opens at 9 and stays until about 5.  


If you need medical attention go to the old military outpost.  Modern
facility with English trained doctors.  It is right near the horse racing
track.
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