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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Breezes in

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Rene, MA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6279
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Thailand,Fiji, Hawaii, throughout the Carribbean, North East US
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 85    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Adequate depth restrictions enforced per PADI dive regs.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Not an underwater photographer...the dive operation had a separate bucket
from them and seemed to handle the equiptment carefully.  Others who were
photographers didn't have any complaints.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
1 stars    
Breezes is not worth staying at..spend a little more a little more and
choose a different hotel...its service is extremely poor, rooms very
outdated, the noise is awful..everynight they have an
"entertainment" thing...Music would be OK..but its some loud
mouthed wannabee who goes on for hours without ever really entertaining
anyone.  OMG..I can't believe they keep this going..did I say its loud? 
With the TV in our room turned up all the way we could still her shreiking
voice in both English and Papiemento..that was fun to I guess
there is something good about it.  Anyways...Skip breezes, the food was bad
too and they give you a hard time about wearing shorts in the restaurants. 
The place is as far away from upscale as you can get, but they will attempt
to bully you into wearing long pants and shoes to dinner.  

Ocean Encounters, the dive operation, was much better.  They were very 
professional and courteous and most of all fun.  We encountered a huge
school of dolphins one day and the Captain strategically placed us in an
area and allowed us to snorkel with them... was a real treat.  And they did
this while trying to keep to thier afternoon schedule.  I'd recommend Ocean
Encounters and would beg you not to give your money to Breezes.  I chose 3
in value for the money because what we got from the Dive Operation was
eroded by the hotel once they dropped us off after each dive.
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