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Dive Review of Aquanauts Grenada/True Blue Bay Resort in

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by David Wolf, ID, US (1 report)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive plan discussed in advance with time and depth targets.  Given a lot of
flexibility within that.  Experienced divers with reels allowed to dive on
their own.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
There weren't many UWPs at the time but boats all had large tables and
separate rinse tanks for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I found Aquanauts to be a well run, safe and responsive dive operation. 
Large spacious boats that were never crowded.  Always two and sometimes
three divemasters on each trip.  Tank fills were generous.  Leave your fins
home, they have plenty.  It was evident that they met requests from some
divers to have a divemaster essentially with them.  Most days we picked up
divers and an additional divemaster at a second location but it didn't have
much impact as it was on the way to most dive sites.  Most of the diving
was done on the west side of the SW tip of the island where the soft corals
were great and visibility better.  Numerous small wrecks were explored. 
Dive sites to the south had a bit less visibility and more current (Bianca
C) but no real problem to deal with.  Bruce, Paul, Chris and Jesse were
great at finding all sorts of stuff that I just never seem to see.  The
staff quickly learned everyone's names and skill levels.

Dive operation stressed safety.  Dive briefings used a sort of
"flashcard" to highlight aspects of each dive and describe what
to expect and see.  Entry was by giant stride off the back.  There was a
roll call as soon as everyone was on-board and immediately after every
dive.  Lead divemaster always used a reel and float.  After the first day I
didn't have to touch my gear.  The crew rinsed and stored gear bags and set
up tanks every morning.  The wetsuit I left hanging to dry every day was
put in the locked gear room each day for me.

An afternoon dive was offered daily but in the 9 days I was there I don't
think it ever went out.  Seems like most everyone was satisfied with the
morning 2 tank and then went off to explore Grenada (there seemed to be a
number of non-diving spouses) or relaxed at the pool.  Also the morning
dive trip usually didn't get back until about 30 minutes brfore the
afternoon dive was scheduled.

True Blue Bay Resort is a very nice hotel.  Large rooms.  Mine had a full
kitchen, king sized bed and walk-in shower.  The dive shop is on the lower
level of the hotel just steps away from the rooms.  There were several nice
pools.  Contrary to one report I read, hotel and restaurant staff were
extremely attentive and helpful.  They already knew my name at check in. 
The restaurant had a good menu and was reasonably priced.  They didn't
gouge you on beer prices like many resorts do.  The included full breakfast
had made to order omlettes, fresh fruit, cereals, etc.  Internet access was
available in the lobby for those of us who don't feel the need to carry
laptops everywhere.  For snacks etc. there is a pharmacy/store just up the
road towards the highway that has a good selection and was cheaper than the
supermarket in town.  For a change of scenery and restaurant, walk out
towards the highway and drop down to Da Big Fish restaurant.  Good food and
prices.  There is another restaurant next to the pharmacy but I didn't try

To get from True Blue into St. Georges you either have to take a taxi or
walk out to the main highway and get a bus.  If you don't mind a little 20
minute walk, there is a great price difference.  I think the taxi was
something like $20US.  The busses were $1US.  The thing you need to know is
that the "busses" are actually oversize mini-vans with the route
number on the windshield.  But don't expect a bus like you'd see in the US.
 Just stand by the road and look like a tourist and one will be by to check
and see if you need a ride (usually by honking at you) within a minute or
so.  Most tourists seem to default to taxis rather than try the busses but
they are easy and numerous.  The bus terminal in St. Georges is a site to
be seen, structured chaos.

I limited my island touring to an afternoon in St. Georges and a day at the
Grand Etang National Park.  You can walk around St. Georges and see most
everything in an afternoon.  Grand Etang can be crowded on cruise ship day
but consider taking the walk around the lake, none of the cruise ship folks
do.  BEWARE, the trail is VERY muddy.  Use the busses to go to Grand Etang
rather than a tour operator.  It's cheaper (you can do the whole day for
$10US) and you'll simply love, and be glad you survived, the bus ride up to
the park from the bus terminal.  Don't waste any time looking for the
monkeys around the lake, they hang out in the tree next to the snack shop.
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