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

West Side Scuba/rented apt: "Plenty of good diving and some bottles of rum", Jun, 2015,

by Mark A. Magers, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8278.

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 BGI Getting There via ATL or JFK or maybe IAH; from California it took 14+ hours

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We generally followed a divemaster and were allowed to more or less manage our depth and air with our computers
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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 tradition.
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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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