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Dive Review of Aquanauts/True Blue Resort in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Knollman, OR, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3877
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the world - GBR, Tahiti, Fiji, Malasia, Thailand, Hawaii, Yap,
Palau, Belize, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Turls & Caicos, Cocos Island
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time of 50 mins or le4ss until we objected strongly and then we could dive
our profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Handles cameras ,but no special arrangements under than water bucket on
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
1 stars    
Aquanauts is good for beginners, not for experienced divers.  We had to
fight for most of our wishes or be considered as one of the group.  We
finally demanded to be separated from some newbees.  Diving is okay
pricewise.  The best part of the trip was a snorkle trip with our wives.  I
never thought I would prefer snorkeling over diving, but it was true. 
Perhaps the wives made the difference.  However, it is expensive $500 per
1/2 day boat.  The highlight of the trip was a school of squid while
snorkeling.  No sharks seen (well a 3 foot nurse shark), but that does not
count.  No big fish.  Wrecks good but no fish.  Good growth on the newest
wreck which went down in 2000.  True Blue was not a good place to stay,
very expensive for services, staff good in places.  Food terrible.  We ate
one meal there and everything elsewhere.  Owners were not present as far as
we were concerned and charge 10% for tips to staff (I wonder if they see
the money).  So be careful.  Driving is fun, but on the left side and small
winding roads, so be careful - obtain insurance as wrecks appear above, as
well as below the surface.  All is all we ranked the trip as a C and
expensive. We did have fun and laughed a lot at the inconveniences and lack
of custoemr service.  Stay elsewhere.  Aquanauts is the best dive operation
on the island, but not up to our standards elsewhere.
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