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Dive Review of Sirius Dive Resort in
Colombia/Providencia

Sirius Dive Resort, Oct, 2008,

by Gordon W. Gribble, VT, USA ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4934 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Keys, Mexico, Hawaii, Calif, Vermont, New Hampshire, extensive Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 45 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the leader
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The tiny island of Providencia belongs to Columbia, although it is accessible from Panama City via San Andres island. There were only two of us at Sirius resort all week. The resort is nice, clean, and small, but only breakfast is served: a monotonous serving of scrambled eggs, bread, jam, juice and coffee, and seconds only in coffee. We had to hike nearly a mile to find a decent restaurant ("Martin's Place, which is excellent), or use the small motel restaurant next door on the beach. A small store a half mile away is available for snacks and beer. The resort manager speaks very little English and some knowledge of Spanish is useful. The rooms are large and nicely furnished (TV, air conditioner, safe), but there is no hot water. Phone communication was erratic at best. The dive operation is primitive and it needs some work. One dive was cancelled due to insufficent gasoline for the two small boats, one of which disappeared later in the week (stolen or sunk)! Although it rained every day, once hard enough to cancel an entire day of diving, the reefs are in excellent condition with superb marine life. With some work and planning, Sirius could become an excellent dive resort, but, at present, it falls short.
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