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Dive Review of Tuckers Point Dive and Watersports Centre in

April, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Chris Doering, ME, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6024
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Bonaire, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Nova Scotia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
66   to 68    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limit, Dive master wanted to know where you were, but was not
obssessive about it.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 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):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Great dive operation.  It is hard to get around Bermuda (no car rentals,
buses dont let you bring a 50 lb. dive bag on board).  Dawn was at my door
within 20 minutes of my booking phone call with her scooter to pick up my
gear-they also returned it after my 2 days of diving.  They cleaned and
dried my gear after each day of diving, and had it ready on the boat the
second day.  Nice, clean boat with a marine head, towels, cookies, coffee,
bottled water, warm water rinse.  They made provisions for the photographer
on board, Im not sure how he would rate them, but they looked adequate to
me.  The boat reportedly takes no more than 10 and is more than big enough
for that.  We dove with 3 my first day and 5 my second.  The dive master
was knowledgeable and very helpful.   The sites were picked by the
captain-on the second day, it was quite a long haul, but worth the trip.

First day- the wreck Pelanaion.  Because of the way this wreck settled, you
can swim under the hull.  There is a large screw on what used to be the
deck, boilers, and some vertical stuff.  At the deep end of the dive (about
55 feet), there are some tall rock pillars (about 40).  Fish life was Blue
and Queen Angels, one large grouper and a few other typical tropicals,
although it was generally sparse.  Vis about 40 feet.  Because of the chop,
we went inside Castle Harbour and dove Golden Eye for the second dive. 
This is a reef with a max depth of about 25.  It looked pretty boring on
the way out, with the visible life being limited to sea cucumbers.  On the
way back, I started looking into the holes in the reef, and saw about 20
spiny lobster, including a couple of  3 pounders.  The biggest surprise,
however, was seeing a very large black grouper (perhaps 4 feet?) inside a
very narrow cave.  Also swam over a covered archaeology project-apparently
a very old shipwreck.  Vis about 20 feet.

Second day-the wreck Cristobal Colon.  Vis was about 80-100.  pleasant
dive, same sparse fish life.  Lots of what appears to be new growth of
brain coral.  Second dive North rock.  Vis about 50 feet, depth max about
25.  Lots of swim-unders and swim throughs, although you have to look to
find them.  I had a diving first (for me) at this site.  I had just located
a pretty well hidden and kind of narrow (about 5 feet wide) overhung swim
through, and was about at the mid point when there was a sound as loud as a
cruise ship going overhead.  When I immerged from the swim through, a
turtle shot past me moving as fast as I have ever seen one move.  We later
learned that we had been underwater during a 4.4-4.6 earthquake that had
occurred some 50 miles off shore.

I wouldnt return to Bermuda just to dive, but it is a great place to get
in a few dives and have a family vacation.  When we go back to Bermuda, I
will definitely be using Tuckers Point dive shop because of its friendly
and professional staff, services and low-boat loading.
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