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Dive Review of Sunset Divers in

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by John E. Bittner, TX, United States
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Report Number 3917
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bonaire, Caymans, Roatan, Belize[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100' depth & 1 hour max time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
The resort was great.  Good food, good accommodations, everyone was eager
to please.  Just a bit of a problem though with the bar accommodations. 
When it was closing time, it was closing deviations.

The diving was fantastic.  I was to Curacao about 8 years ago and the reefs
are still pristine.  The coral, both hard and soft is absolutely beautiful.
 The highlight was Mushroom Forest.  I'm certain diving is still at it's
infancy yest as the reefs do no yet exhibit the telltale sign of thousands
of divers.  

The dive operation however needs some help and organization.  It was
managed by a woman when we were there, and most of the male dive masters
and boat Captains seemed somewhat intimidated by her.  Their major dive
boat is in dire need of just some TLC.  It need to be painted and cleaned
and the aluminum is starting to show it's use.  No bathroom on board, but a
couple of camera tanks.  Some "after diving" snacks.  The biggest
problem was with the dive cylinders.  The only way to determine if your
tank was compressed air vs nitrox, was to look at the color of the valve
protector.....or to analyzer each tank.  If the valve protector cap was
"green" it was filled with nitrox.  If the valve protector cap
was any other color but green, it was filled with air.  You can imagine the
opportunity for confusion.  I dive with air and have ONLY dived with air. 
On the third day out, I find my BC and reg connected to a nitrox tank.  The
DM said "oops, my mistake, sorry".  UNBELIEVEABLE!!!  Yes, this
was day 3 of a 7 day dive trip.

In checking with the DM's I learned the reason for not marking the nitrox
tanks with the huge yellow/green permanent nitrox
relying on just the color of the tank protector cap, it gives them the
flexibility to fill any tank with either air or nitrox, at any time,
depending upon the diver load on the boat at any point in time. So, bottom
line, you may dive an air tank that at the last fill was a nitrox tank, and
you may dive a nitrox tank that was last filled with air..........And
overall, you better hope and pray that whatever gas is in the tank at the
time you hook your regulator to it, the DM had ASSURED that the tank
protector was changed out to coincide with their tank protector cap/gas
fill color system. 

I really think this is a situation loaded with "Bad" potential. 
Until something changes with the dive operation, each diver should be
TOTALLY assured of what's in their tank before they take the plunge.  Use
the analyzer each time.  Do not depend upon the color of the tank protector

Other than that, the 8 days was a real pleasure!!!! The island is frienly
and eager to please the tourist.  
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