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Dive Review of El Caribe Dive Centre in
Colombia/Cartagena/Islas Rosarias

El Caribe Dive Centre, Apr, 2006,

by Jack Adams, BC, Canada . Report 2381.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Saba, Truk, Great Barrier Reef, Costa Rica/Guanacaste, Honduras Bay Islands, Belize, Agressor II, Bonaire, Zanzibar, Pemba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 35 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions There were no announced restrictions. However, with so many novices the diving locations were not very exciting for experienced divers and you pretty well had to stick with the group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments You appeared to be on your own. There were fresh water showers on shore for rinsing equipment - no tanks on boat. I saw one diver with a small digital camera.No other cameras and no particular focus by guides on UWP's.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments This is not a location for experienced divers. The trip consisted of a 45 minute high speed boat trip out of Cartagena, arriving at a hotel at the Islas Rosarias. Most of the 50-60 passengers on the boat were going to the Islas to lie around the beach and eat/drink. There were seven divers, of which two of us were certified. The remainder had had a one hour pool session the day before or were taking a short guided introductory dive. Although the weather was relatively calm, one of these novice divers became seasick. There were two dives - the first to a max 65ft; the second to about 60 ft. Surface interval was relatively short - probably in order to ensure the two dives were made. At the end of the first dive, we surfaced some distance from the boat. The boat driver happened to be swimming at the time so it took about ten minutes of whistle blowing to attract his attention for the pick up. Fortunately the sea was relatively calm, although as the day progressed wind and waves picked up. For a pleasant day's outing from Cartagena it was OK. I happen to live in Bogota at present so it was not difficult or expensive to get there. I speak Spanish.They advertise that the guides speak English but I did not hear a lot of English. The guides were polite and somewhat helpful but I didn't feel they particularly went out of their way. Although I took all my own gear - all the gear you need is included in the price of the two dive trip.
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