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Dive Review of Aquanauts/True Blue Resort in

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Robin Masson, NY, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Australia, Thailand, Baja
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
fresh water bucket on boat;  not much space on boat for camera fiddling; 
24 hour film processing on island, but they ruined some negs while
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We stayed at True Blue Bay Resort for two weeks.  The first week, it was
just my husband and me, and we stayed in a Bay View room.  Perfect for the
two of us.  Clean, nicely furnished, well air-conditioned,  The second
week,  we switched to a two-bedroom villa,a 2-level unit, with the
kitchen/dining room/living room/balcony upstairs, and the two bedrooms,
each with ensuite bathroom, downstairs at ground level.  The villa was nice
looking, but the furniture in the living room was very uncomfortable.   
The staff at True Blue are lovely, helpful, and do a great job maintaining
the place.  The restaurant, however, left a lot to be desired.  Pricey
food, and not very good, with very slow [even by island time standards]. 
We ate elsewhere when we could.  The island has several very good
restaurants, and we did not go hungry.

Diving with Aquanauts was fantastic.   They are very well run, and by the
end of the first day, all of them knew us by name, as well as our
preferences and needs.  There are three boats, and they distribute divers
across the boats according to ability and interests, so we were never
impeded by newbies, and as photographers were allowed to take our sweet
time photographing the many critters and fish.
The reefs are healthy and filled with fish.   Many colorful structures
& sponges and lots of fans rising about 4-5 feet from the bottom. The
reefs are very healthy and chock full of life.  None of the bleached or
broken coral that we've seen at many other places.  We had one big (his
back was maybe 2-2 1/2 feet long) turtle who hung out munching on coral and
sponges and looking up to mug for the camera, unperturbed by our being only
3-5 feet from it.  Northern Exposure was a "drift" dive. We just
dropped in, and slowly moved along, checking out the landscape and the
life. The reef was teeming with life, and big deep-water sea fans.
visibility was pretty good, too. Veronica, which was well-encrusted with
sponges, corals, etc., and had lots of fishes living in, on and around it.
Best dives: the Shakem wreck and Purple Rain. The wreck had been
transporting cement when it foundered on the reef and sank in about 90 feet
of water. The bags of cement are still visible in the hold, along with the
cargo tarpaulins that had covered them. The wreck is fully covered in
corals and sponges, including big deep-water sea fans. Lots of fish making
their homes on the wreck. You could still see the ropes coiled neatly, too.
Purple Rain is named for the schools of Creole Wrasse that throng the
place. It was a really pretty site, with good viz and lots of cool fish. it
was on this site that we found a frogfish, which ranks as the picture of
the trip. Plenty of colorful sponges and corals and almost no current, just
a gentle glide across the reef.
Shark Reef  was the best over-all dive of the trip. Lots of stuff! As soon
as we dropped into the water, we found ourselves in the middle of a school
of Southern Senets, must have been hundreds of them, swarming around us,
glittering in the sun. Three nurse sharks (they are docile, and seem to
sleep more than pussy cats). One had its head into a hole in a coral head,
with the back half of its body lying in the sand -- sort of ostrich-like.
Then there were two snuggled into a hold under another coral head snoozing
away. Several spotted morays, swimming free out of their holes. There was
one territorial battle where one moray wanted the hidey hole of another
one, and they duked it out a bit. A pair of French Grunts also did a great
territorial display -- facing off, opening their mouths wide trying to
scare each other with their mightiness. And an old turtle, with several
barnacles on its back cruised all around us, checking us out. Also the
usual reef denizens: Spanish hogfish, surgeonfish, lots of trunk fish,
cowfish, rock beauties, lobsters, trumpetfish etc. Great dive! 
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