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Dive Review of Sharkys & Felipe's diving/Nirvanna Inn & Sol Caribe in
Colombia/San Andres & Providencia

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Tracey Bennett, NV, USA
Report Number 1309
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Yap, Honduras, Belize, Costa Rica,Hawaii, Indonesia,  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Both Sharkys dive shop and Felipe's diving required buddies, reccommended
max. depth, however allowed you to dive your own profile once the became
comfortable with your ability  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
You're on your own.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
1 stars    
I'm always looking for a new adventure and thought that San Andres and
Providencia might be the "undiscovered diving mecca" that I'd
previously read about. Unfortunately, I learned that sometimes there is a
reason places are undiscovered.

The Nirvana Inn at San Andres was delapidated and dirty, complete with
exposed wires, water damaged ceilings,and chipped paint.  We were told the
staff did paint and clean our room for hours before our arrival and except
for the broken out glass in the bathroom window, it looked much better than
the rest of the resort. 

The bar had not been in operation for some time and kitchen did not stock
sodas, snacks etc. A 15 minute cab ride into town into town easily solved
this dilemma.  The food was adequate at best although the staff did try
hard to work with what was available.

I actually could have seen past the poor accomodations if the diving had
been good but I was very disappointed.  The time of year could have
significantly reduced the visability and been the cause for choppy surgey
water but the fish and critter life was extremely sparse.  There were
beautiful sponges and gorgonians.

We didn't cancel the rest of the trip, thinking that Povidencia must be
better.  The Sol Caribe was clean and in close proximity to markets and
restaurants.  They had a bar and laundry service,and the buffet style meals
were much better than Nirvana.  We lunched at Martin's place which was

The diving was not good, with very choppy water and low visability.  There
were huge beautiful barrel sponges and walls lined with tube and vase
sponges but hardly any fish at all. Felipe,the owner of Felipe's Place was
friendly and accomodating.
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