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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters/Sea Aquarium Resort in

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Barbara Shively, MD, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 4112
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Turk many times, lots of other Caribbean islands, Florida, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time, depth and staying together with group were all strictly enforced
regardless of experience level.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
A separate rinse tank on board was great and crew made sure it was used
strictly for camera gear.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
The best word I can use to describe my experience with this operation last
December is frustration.  As an underwater photographer I need time to set
up and wait for a specific shot.  I was diving with my husband and another
couple -- all very experienced advance level divers but we were scolded if
we dropped very far behind the group.  Dives were limited to a max. of 45
minutes and we all had to surface at the same time.  This meant we came up
with over 1000 lbs from every dive (and had to wait on the surface for
quite awhile as they got other divers onto the boat). The boats are fairly
large and were quite full most days with about 18 divers.  All these rules
were enforced more stongly than a year ago.  Also their policies on
cancelling planned dives, even a day ahead are not friendly -- basically it
was 'fine but you pay anyway'.

The positives are that they are very safely conscious -- sometimes to a
fault; boats and facilities are in excellent condition; their divemasters
very good at their jobs.  Some were reasonably knowledgable about the
marine life too.  because we own a time-share we will be going to Curacao
most years but will probably look for diving alternatives for next year.
Weatherwise it was beautiful one week with no currents and rainy the next
week with ripping currents.  This was the first two weeks of Dec.
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