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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Lions Dive Hotel in

June, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Gerry McAtavey, 24018, USA
Report Number 172
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Cozumel, Bahamas, St. Thomas, Costal North & South Carolina
Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth of 100'come up w/500psi once the DM was ok with your abilities you
could take your time computers OK  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Lions Dive clean and comfortable, breakfast included short walk to the dive
shop.Dive operation is excellent, good breifings short rides to most dive
sights. Fresh fruit and ice tea or water on board. Most of the surface
intervals we were able to go ashore and wander around or get a history
lesson from some of the local divemasters. One complaint, the day we dove
the SUPERIOR PRODUCER wreck, current was strong at the surface and stronger
at the wreck 100'below. DM should have called the dive and picked another
site, pretty much a wasted tank of air, wreck is stripped clean, no fish,
not much to see even on a good day. Other than that one dive, the rest of
the week was very good. Sunday night is beach party night, you can start at
one end of the beach and work your way back to Lions Dive and hit happy
hour at each resturant/hotel from 6 to 10. Great local entertainment.
Good local resturants nearby. Great laid back location, had minor problems
with the hotel internet service, but the hotel up the beach had a machine
that worked fine, cheaper than calling the states plus you get to play in
the casino while your wife is on line. Good dive trip, I'd go back to these
folks again. 
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