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Dive Review of Bubbles Below,/Islander on the Beach in

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Habib, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6253
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Eastern Canada, Atlantic, Florida Keys, Turks & Caicos Islands.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the divemaster...but not necessarily right at her fins.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 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
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
This is a no frills dive operation but a good one at that. I knew they were
decent based on previous reviews. In all honesty though, my first choice
was to visit the Fathom Five dive shop where I had originally booked a
twilight dive as their day dives were full(I should have known better to
book much opposed to the day before !). But I was feeling a
little uneasy about a night dive given my absence from diving for so long.
I then remembered that Bubbles Below also had a good reputation based on
several positive reviews. So I went ahead and called them to see if they
had any scheduled outings the next morning as I had a very narrow window
given my departure in a few days. After a few calls back and forth between
Sterling and Travis they had enough people for a second boat that next
morning (yeah !). So I was quite pleased with that. Showed up at the little
boat harbor in Port Allen where Amber (Linda Marsh's daughter) was there to
greet us and get all of the paper work (liability forms) out of the way.
The boat we were on, the Sea Rocket arrived around 7:45. When speaking to
both Travis and Sterling the day before I had specified that I had all my
gear except a BC which I needed to rent. There was a slight mix up where
when I arrived; they had a regulator for me instead....thankfully they had
an extra BC although I little on the small I was a little miiffed
by this at first...but it worked nonetheless. We were 6 passengers, the DM
(Amber) and the captain (Peter). Both were great to be with...very
expereienced and knowledgable. The boat was comfortable as far as capacity
(in fact I beleieve it is capable of transporting 8 - 9), not state of the
art by any means but fully functional with a small head on board. We were
given a boat safety briefing by captain Peter and then a dive briefing by
Amber. Our first dive was at Shawna's Shelves: saw spiny lobster, helmet
crab, porcupine fish, schools of small fish, Ok dive. Corals were
in good shape. I like the way Amber brought along her slate and wrote down
what we were seeing. She is a very knowledgable DM and excellent diver. She
asked everyone where we would like to dive next...she gave us options of
where we might go based on what we might find there. We settled on Hale O
honu (house of turtles). On the way there we spotted a pod of spinner
dolphins. Pretty cool. On the second dive we saw several turtles, a few
trumpet fish, fan fish and a lion fish. Also a nice relaxing dive. We were
back at the harbor by about 12:00, just as they had predicted. I am glad I
was able to rent 100ft3 tanks from them, nice option to extend bottom time
as I am a little rusty from being absent from diving for so long. First
dive was about 45 minutes with max depth of 80 ft. and second dive lasted
54 minutes with 65 ft vis. Safety stops at 20 ft for 3 mins. Snacks on
board were a little on the "light" side including mini chocolate
bars, cookies and granola bars along with sodas and water in stainless
steel bottles. So in summary, I enjoyed my two dives with Bubbles Below,and
so glad they were ale to accomodate me with my narrow diving window. So if
you want a no frills but safe operation don't hesitate to dive with them,
they know many of the great dive spots. They are also the only dive
operation that I know of, that will take you out to the Island of Nihue
year round, depending on conditions of course. Other operators stop going
out there by the end of September. I heard that diving there is really
incredible (3 tank dive)....but the boat ride can be brutal. So check in
with them first to see if they are planning to head out there.
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