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Dive Review of Triangle Divers/Grotto Bay Beach Hotel in
Bermuda/East end

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by George T Felt, NH, United States
Report Number 2653
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
BVI's, Curacao, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Be back on the boat in 50 minutes or 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Grotto Bay Hotel provides convenient access to Triangle Dive operation and
comfortable accommodations.  Food and drink is expensive (breakfast: $22)
but very good, and generally good service. Try the "Swizzle Inn"
restaraunt next door for variety, and get the meal plan if you're staying
for a while. Hotel is near airport (easy in, easy out) and busline, but
otherwise distant from anything one might wish to do.  Scooter rental is
convenient and worthwhle unless you're OK with busses as your mainstay
(they're very good - do get the extended bus pass).  Taxis are always
available, but long distances to destinations mean high transport costs. 
Triangle Divers is a well run operation with friendly and attentive staff. 
Graham is the captain and owner/operator of the shop - a very likeable and
knowledgeable chap.  Bring your own gear or rent whatever you need - the 
important stuff (all ScubaPro) is in good shape, but you should try to
bring your own wetsuit and fins if possible (limited selection of rental
gear).  The boat is solid but slow, and has a marine head (but "try
not use it...").  Staff changes tanks for you between dives - it's
pretty much full service and well done.  The dive destinations are somewhat
limited by the range of the boat.  I did two days of two-tank boat dives at
good sites, then took a day off (they don't go out on Tues).  Then I
repeated the exact same sites again on the next two days.  I rather enjoyed
it, but some would object to the repetition.  Talk to Graham before you go
out if this would be a problem for you - he is honest and will tell you
what the plan is (but as wind, weather, and boat may limit the available
options you may have to choose between revisiting a site or skipping the
dive action for a day).  I chose to dive, and it was a good choice for me. 
Look for thousands of purple sea squirts on "The Dredger" - an
unusual and lovely thing to see.  Excellent and diverse coral, good
swim-throughs, and interesting wrecks provided good entertainment on every
trip.  Boat can be a bit crowded, but not always - and well done even so. 
In all, a good operation and worth a visit.
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