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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jackie Sax, Illinois, USA
Report Number 663
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Israel. Negril, Jamaica. Central Florida caves and springs,
Florida Keys drive 'n dive. Cuba, Marquesies & Dry Tortugas, USVI,
Bonaire, Curacao, & the quarries and lakes, incl: Lake Michigan, in
northern Illinois
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Truely the "home of diving freedom", no time, depth or course
restrictions enforced, but come 500psi, surface.  Divesites were posted,
and divemaster explained the suggested course, but dive your own profile. 
No buddy if opted, shore dives (24h) the same. No diving within 24hrs of
leaving. VERY HELPFUL!!!  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Fresh water soaking tanks on all boats, and all around the staging area. 
Can dive 24hrs, and many critter come out at night, right in front of
resort.  24hr turn around time for spent film.  In-house pro for questions,
or equipment rental.  Huge effort to accomidate.  Lots of subjects, large
and small.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
All I had read prior to my leaving were bad reports about the resort, but
surprisingly, I found the room to be extremely clean with a good view. 
Except for those cold showers.  The entire staff makes a huge effort to
help get you what you need or want.  Everyone is just so nice, and will go
to any end to help.  For example, I forgot my mask on the dive boat which
was switched mid-week, so that next day,one of the divemasters swam out to
the boat mooring to get my mask.  The SCUBA crew were the nicest, most
caring, helful, fun and knowledgable group of happy people, and every
chance they had, they helped us gear-up, put our rigs together, carry tanks
and weights, so you do not have to.  They gently help you onto the boat and
into the water, to get you on your way to discover the reef.  If the
mooring was already taken, we voted on a site, and the captain complied.  I
cannot say enough good things about the SCUBA team, and the SCUBA
facilities.  Breakfast was always good and filling, however the lunches and
dinners were very expensive ($30 min.), and not very good at all.  The trip
was very expensive, but I get every penny back, when at 40' I played with
an urchin the divemaster found.  Or he showed me a rare fish, cuttlefish,
tounges, snails, parrot fish, and blue tangs nipping at my earrings.  The
only negative, aside from the restaurant was that there was no hot water. 
Being an insomniac, I would shower at 2:00am, because any other time the
water was warmer outside under the wetsuit wash.  So, I would wash my hair
in tepid water (2:00am), then let it air-dry, as I would walk the property,
and sit on the short pier, waiting for the sunrise.  They do have roaming
security.  Overall I had the vacation of my life!  Will return April/May
2004.  DivaDiver
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