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

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Adams, BC, Canada
Report Number 2381
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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

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
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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