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Dive Review of Guam Tropical Dive Station/Marriott in

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John and Sandra Quick, MI, USA
Report Number 674
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Roatan, Belize, Florida Keys,
assorted other spots in the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Given a recommended profile.  Mostly did our own thing as crew had their
hads full with large number of Asian divers with limited diving skills and
even more limited English skills.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
We wouldn't necessarily make Guam a dive destination but since we were
enroute Truk, Yap and Palau we thought we would stop
to recover from jet lag and check it out.  It also afforded us an
opportunity to get in the water after 5-6 months and make sure all the
gear was operative before moving on to more remote locales.  Diving was
okay.  Lots of the typical Pacific tropicals. 
 We didn't encounter any big stuff other than Dolphins on the surface
during surface interval.  Coral we saw looked beat up.  Could
have been from storms and wave action.  Saw lots of equipment on the
bottom:  Anchors, tank treads, ordinance, etc.  Evidance
of a strong military prescence.

 Read about this operator in Chapbook.  It wasn't
our first choice but was the only one that could accomodate us as walk-ins.
 Pleasant folks.  I wouldn't have wanted to be a raw
beginner as their hands were full with a large group of Asian divers who
were beginners (or just bad) divers.  Lots of flailing about
underwater.  Boat was nice.  Lunch was provided.  Guam was still suffering
from the effects of a December 2002 typhoon.  Lots
of damage evidant to buildings, trees, etc.  A number of rooms in our hotel
(Marriott) were still not habitable.  This coupled with 
the Gulf war, Asian SARS crisis, etc and these folks seem to be hurting! 
All were pleasant and the Island has some beautiful 
beaches and hikes.  An around the island drive to check out Pacific war
battle sites and memorials was sobering but beautiful.
Definately worth a stop if in the neighborhood. 

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