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Dive Review of NOA Plongee in
Guadeloupe/Saint Francois

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Neil Burgess, NF, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 6811
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Atlantic Canada, Great Lakes, Cozumel, Yucatan cenotes, California
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
follow divemaster  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
My wife and I did 2 boat dives with NOA Plongee. They were a typical small
dive operation with staff that didn't seem to be focused on customer
satisfaction. They just seemed to be going through the motions and
collecting our money. They have a good 26' RHIB Zodiac that makes a fine
dive boat. The conditions were rough the day we dove, with 5' swell. We
dove near the south-eastern point of Guadeloupe (La Pointe des
Châteaux) in strong surge. The fish abundance and variety were much
lower than at the Cousteau Reserve in Basse-Terre. The dive sites were open
to the prevailing winds, so rough conditions were not unusual. We were
underwhelmed with this dive operator. Perhaps we caught them on a bad day?
On a calmer day, the dive sites around Désirade might be better? My
suggestion would be to dive at the Cousteau Reserve or Les Saintes instead.
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