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Dive Review of Marisol Divers/Isla Marisol in

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by howard kaiser, mo, usa
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3954
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
BVI, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Cozumel,  Cayman Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
not under 100sfw  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
cooler on boat for cameras. could get crowded with more than two cameras-
not big enough for most larger lights etc. No camera table or dry area on
boat but went back to dock after each dive so not a big deal. Crew took
good care of camera equipment including locking up my camera in dive shop
when I left it on board one night.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
short boat rides to dive sites made up for the 1.5 hr transfer from
Dangriga. Kitty , the divemaster did an excellent job running the daily
trips as did George, the boat captain. Gear for rent looked to be in good
condition. Miss Fel and Alicia did a wonderful job with meals although I
think that quality of the food could stand improvement- frozen fish used in
way too many lunch quesadillas, empanadas, burritos etc. Wonderful fresh
juices and conch ceviches and chowders. Snacks such as cakes, breads from
breakfast or lunch left out for between dives...diving fairly shallow along
reef wall, usually top of wall at 30-35 ft with deepest dive point of the
week at 80 ft. Saw large schools of creole wrasse, many grouper including
black, tiger and Nassau apparently congregating. Several small schools of
ocean triggers off the walls, a small school of a dozen juvenile
barracuda...2-3 green morays and a few smaller spotted morays the first few
days. Lots of lobsters and turtles on every dive, including a huge
loggerhead named Grandpa that was totally unconcerned about divers. I swam
within a foot of him for several minutes; he weighed several hundred pounds
and we were told that he was around a hundred yrs old. One spotted eagle
ray,many sting rays and the night dive showed spotted toadfish endemic to
the area. Barrel sponges were spawning- an amazing sight. Thought that fish
life was pretty good but less than we xpected for the remoteness. Coral was
very healthy including large stands of black coral - on a par with the best
Cayman and Cozumel sites. We'll go again- next year at whale shark season.
Island is beautifully kept and looks like something out of the south
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