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Dive Review of MDA/Holiday Inn in
Guam

MDA/Holiday Inn, Feb, 2005,

by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, U.S.A. . Report 1655.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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