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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Lions Dive in

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Terry Flynn, MO, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 2892
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, Bon Aire, Cost Rica, East & West coast U.S., South
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 75    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Separate rinse tank for cameras added they added a larger tank after day 1
to accomodate some of the larger housings. DM's instructed divers not to
use for anything but cameras. Had equipment ready when you enetered the
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Check in was hectic and unorganized. Rooms were not ready due to large
biking event and some people not checking out until a day later. This
necessitated additional moves. Rooms were small and electrical outlets were
lacking. Lions Dive is an older operation but the facility is clean and
well maintained. The housekeeping staff did a great job but the overall
attitude of the hotel staff was so-so. The breakfast buffet was good but
they only had instant coffee available. The dive operation was another
story. Christian and his staff at Ocean Encounters went out of their way to
accomodate. The divemasters were knowledgable and helpful. The boat our
group had was clean, well equipped, and well maintained. We had a CCR diver
in our group and the staff was very accomodating with O2 fills etc. The
dive shop hosted a BBQ for our group on Friday evening that was
exceptional. Christian and most of the shop staff atended as well. Check
out on Saturday morning went much smoother.
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