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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Sea Aquarium Resort in

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Barbara Shively, MD, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 3559
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Many Caribbean islands, Costa Rica, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
both depth and time limits were imposed, even for those of us with
computers.  Also were required to stay with group on drift dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Have separate large rinse bucket on boat for cameras -- no masks, etc.
allowed (thanks!)  I do not remember any shore facilities for cameras. 
Divemasters were good about handing camera gear down to divers in the water
and taking it back on board at end of dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Divemasters were very well trained and safety consious.  Dive boat was very

As "mature" divers my husband and I would like to have the option
of the staff handling our gear for us as the Grand Turk divemasters, and
some other places, always do.  Setting up our gear on the tank, switching
it between dives and rinsing it at dive day's end are not our idea of fun. 
We can check the setup to be sure all is well without doing it ourselves.

One complaint was that the dive operators changed the location of the next
day's dives to ones we did not want to do, then were very reluctant to let
us out of doing those dives without being charged anyway.  They finally
relented but not without pressure from us.  
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