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Dive Review of MDA/Holiday Inn in
Guam

February, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, U.S.A.
Report Number 1655
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Micronesia, French Polynesia,
etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
80   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
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
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
We've been through Guam so many times, we decided to stop for a few days,
get rid of some jet lag, and see what Guam's all about. We contacted MDA
via email and they arranged everything, including our room at the Holiday
Inn at a very good price, including buffet breakfasts. We spent 5 days
driving around, seeing everything there was to see, and did 6 dives. The
two MDA dive boats we were on were well run, with adequate space. The crew
seemed friendly and professional. Four of the dives were done with most of
the passengers being Japanese; they brought their own gear and divemasters,
and did their own thing. Two of the dives were mainly locals and a few
soldiers off an aircraft carrier. We did not have a guide, but it was not a
problem, as we kept the repeat customers in sight. The underwater terrain
is volcanic with not much coral. We dove their blue hole twice, saw the
Atlantis submarine underwater, and did 3 easy drift dives. A beginning
diver would have fun, as the diving is easy and there's enough to see. An
experienced diver would probably get bored after a few dives. 

Guam doesn't have that "exotic island" feel, but it makes a
decent alternative to Hawaii for stopping off and getting rid of jet lag
and doing a few dives. The water is warmer than Hawaii, but the diving is
not as good. It's a big shopping area for the Japanese, and not as pricey
as Hawaii.  It's a lovely island with a lot of history, although it's
probably too far from mainland U.S. to be considered a primary vacation
destination. 
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