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Dive Review of Lion's Dive in

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Michelle Corazza, MI, USA
Report Number 2315
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Dominican Republic, Roaton, Belize, Bonaire, Florida Keys,
Turks, Palau, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
76   to 78    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They suggested a dive profile but didn't necessarily enforce it.  There was
a sign for no gloves.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
One of our divers was completing their open water at Lion's Dive.  It's a
PADI facility and my friend did his book/pool work with an SSI program at
home; the first day at the facility the Dive Instructor assigned to him was
confused with how to test an SSI diver even though this person had a
Universal Referral Form.  Many of the skills were new to this diver. 
Otherwise they were fairly good with him.  I didn't know that EVERYONE has
to do a check out dive in the bay (was hoping to dive off the boat ASAP). 
Dive boats were pretty crowed (18-22 divers).  At the end of one of our
dives we all ended up in a large fish net.  There were men fishing at a
very popular dive site.  Some of the divers were cutting the net to rescue
fish that were stuck in the line and one of the fishermen roughly pulled a
diver off the net.  There was an argument betweeen our captain and the two
fishermen on the surface while we all came back on the boat.  The Coast
Guard was called and we left.  I spoke with one of the Dive Masters on the
boat and apparently there is no laws protecting the site for divers, or for
the fishermen.  Legally, we can both be there.  The staff was very upset as
the week before there was a TON of fish at this site.  I thought most of
the islands had protected marine parks so this wouldn't happen.  The resort
was very nice and clean.  The location of the resort was great because we
could walk down the beach to other restaurants and bars.  The food at the
resort was good.  The "included" breakfast was boring after one
day.  The pool was very cloudy and full of kids.  The Sea Aquarium was very
cool to visit.   The diving overall was pretty good but not as good as
Bonaire.  I would say it's great for a beginner.
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