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Dive Review of West Side Scuba/rented apt in
Barbados/West & South Coast

June, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Mark A. Magers, CA, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
"Plenty of good diving and some bottles of rum"
Report Number 8278
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
GBR, most of Hawaii, Dominica, ABCs, Cabo Pulmo, La Paz, Cozumel,
Montserrat, BVI, St John, Saba,many othger Caribbean, Panama
Closest Airport
Getting There
via ATL or JFK or maybe IAH;
from California it took 14+

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We generally followed a divemaster and were allowed to more or less manage
our depth and air with our computers  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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After more than 2 decades of drinking Mt Gay rum, we finally made the
pilgrimage to Barbados, to dive and to taste the local rums. There are 4
distilleries on the small island, and they are justifiably proud of the
We rented a 1 bedroom apartment in the Oistins area ($500 for the week,
with small pool), maybe 10 minutes from the airport and, depending on
traffic, 25-45 minutes from the capital of Bridgetown, from whence the dive
boat left. While buses are plentiful, looked easy and are definitely cheap
(around $1 US per trip per person), we wanted to explore the island and its
history, so we rented a car, left hand drive and all. Not sure how a couple
of bags of scuba gear would work on a bus, either.
We went diving with West Side Scuba, now based in Hastings, near
Bridgetown, though formerly based just south of Holetown, a little further
up the western coast of the island. The former location was probably better
(so said Peter, the owner), but times change and there you are. After we
met at the shop, filled out paperwork and showed C Cards, we drov
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