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Dive Review of Bay Island Beach Resort in

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Rosseisen, TX, United States
Report Number 1241
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Grenada, Grenadines, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Flower Gardens
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Be back on board w/ 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Rinse tanks on the boats were small. No dedicated camera tables on boats or
dive shop. Took over 3 days to get film developed.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
First let me say that I had a great time at the resort. The diving was very
good, the rooms were comfortable, and the food was generally good and
plentiful. Here is a more detailed review of each area:

Dive shop  The staff was very helpful and was receptive of special
requests for dive sites. They changed out our tanks between dives and
hauled our gear to and from the dock. I do believe that things could be
improved. There were lots of nitrox divers on this trip and after having
analyzed our tanks and labeled them with our name the staff just put the
tanks on the boat anywhere they fit. We then had to move the tanks around
on the boat so that both our tanks were together. The DMs were good at
showing us the dive sites, but they did tended to rush through the sites.
Since most of us were taking pictures, it was kind of annoying. Nitrox
fills were anywhere between 31% and 34% with a wide variation from tank to
tank. They were open to special requests for mixes (we requested 36% for
our afternoon dives)

I think that my biggest issue was that the facilities were not that good
for photographers. That includes the dive shop, dive boats, and even the
dive staff. There were no camera tables on any of the boats, inadequate
rinse tanks on the boats (they were too small), and the Dive masters tended
to rush through the dive sites where it was hard to take pictures and still
keep up with the DM. The dive shop did not have a camera rinse tank
available after a shore dive, and a camera table would have been real nice
at the shop since my room did not have a table big enough to do camera
maintenance. I think maybe having a photo pro on the dive staff would be a
nice addition and would be able to pay attention to these things.

The Diving - I really enjoyed the diving here. Lots of nice swim throughs,
2 wrecks, and lots of big grouper following us on each dive. The coral
seemed in generally good shape, but saw several large areas of dead coral
and coral rubble (maybe from Mitch). Most of the dives were drift dives as
there was a mild current. The night dive we did was really incredible,
probably one of the best yet for me. Saw 2 octopi, squid, several lobsters,
some really big basket stars, shrimp everywhere. I think my biggest
disappointment was the shore diving. I think the quality of it was grossly
misrepresented on all the literature we received from the resort. The wall
was quite a ways from shore and the visibility was terrible (in terms of
blue water diving). Spooky channel was only spooky because the vis was so
bad (about 30 feet). We did see many interesting critters in spooky
including a coral head full of morays (like 10-15 of them) and bristle
worms. Some good macro subjects, but not much coral.

Dive boats  They had 1 boat that was new, 1 a bit older, 1 even older. The
newest boat was certainly the nicer of the group. They did say that they
had another coming. They all need fresh water showers. I got wet paint on
my wetsuit from one of the benches. No one warned me of the wet paint nor
did they seem to really care. As noted above, no camera tables.

Restaurant/bar staff  overall I was really happy with the service, and the
food. The only thing I would complain about was the food on the last 2
nights  not good. The breakfasts were great and lunches were good as well.
The soups for lunch and dinner were great. There were always alternative
choices for meals if you did not want the main selection.

Room- really no complaints here, the beds were comfortable, the A/C cold
and the showers hot. The only thing I would suggest adding to the room
would be either a table or desk for working on equipment. We drank tap
water the whole week with no problems.
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