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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters Diving/Hilton in

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Kenneth Katz, NJ, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5615
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Belize, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No If Buddies both had computers  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat had a special rinse bucket and would help with exit and entry]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
The reefs were in really good shape. Especially the Hard Corals, Mushroom
Forest and Cornelius Bay were extraordinary. The boats were big and
clean.The DM were almost perfect. I did have one incident. On resurfacing
from a dive there was a little chop. The Captain threw a line and we all
grabbed and then pulled ourselves in. About 30 ft from the boat the DM told
me to remove my fins and hand them over to him. I did as required but then
he pulled the line from me. There I was, treaing water with no fins ,
hanging on to my camera. I was screaming "give me my fins back".
I replaced my fins and swam to the ladder. I asked "what was that all
about" An error in judgement. The next days dives were on the house.
Otherwise a fun diving experience.
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