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Dive Review of Caribbean Sea Sports/Marriott Beach Resort in

May, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by David Haupt, KY, USA
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Report Number 511
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Most of the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Asked you to max. at 80 fsw when with inexperienced divers. 100 fsw w/
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No E-6. Room had 110 for charging batteries.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Marriott Beach Resort is 5-10 minutes West of Downtown. It is very nice
property with all the amenities. There is an on-site Deli, 3 restaurants,
exercise room, spa (massages, facials, etc.), pool w/ bar and a nice beach.
While I was diving, my wife took full advantage of the exercise room and
had a couple of massages. All of the Hotel Staff was very helpful &
friendly. The dining on the Island was a pleasant surprise. The places we
tried ranged from very good to excellent. The on-site dive-op is Caribbean
Sea Sports. The DM’s are very personable. There were anywhere from 5 – 12
divers on the boat each day that I dove. Their SOP is for everyone to jump
in, hang on a line on the surface, then submerge as a group. The DM leads
along the reef until someone reaches 1500 PSI. The group then turns and
heads back. Once they saw me dive,  I was afforded certain freedoms. I was
always the first one in and the last one out! My shortest dive was 52 min.
with a max. depth of 105 fsw. Their boat is a Pro 42 powered by twin 300 HP
Jetstreams. With a max. capacity of 20 divers, it never felt crowded. The
boat does not have a rinse tank but a hose is available for rinsing. The
dive shop has 2 large rinse tanks. Decent house reef.
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