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Dive Review of Bay Island Beach Resort in

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Kreeger, MS, Jackson
Report Number 3229
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Gulf Coast, Florida Key, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
DM would call depth "always generous" and time before dive, but
would allow divers to stay down till 600 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Great tank on boat broght camera back to room to work on it.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
BIBR was a wonderful place the small resort allowed you to have between
5-10 divers per boat (I watched one boat go out with just two divers). The
DM's were great at finding little critters and after the first day once
they watched you dive they let you dive your own profile.

The rooms are all air conditioned and daily maid service kept the rooms
very clean.  The grounds were even kept amazingly clean with staff sweeping
all walkways, raking the beach, and grass daily.

The food was consitently good not great but much better than you would
expect in a 3rd world country.  Cooked to order breakfest and lunch, dinner
was a set menu but they would prepare substitues for diet issues.

The staff both resort and dive were extremly friedly and always looking to
do things to make your trip better.  On my day of departure I watched them
send an extra DM out with a boat that had a new guest that was elderly and
physically handicaped to make sure she had some one to help her.

For non divers or no dive days the resort will handle booking activities
all over the island and just add it to your bill. 

BIBR is a wonderful place for a diver looking to get 3-4 dives per day. 
The one shore dive sight is a bit of a swim so 5 dives would be a challenge
by the end of the week.  However the 3 boat dives and a drop off dive at
the shore site would be easy. Typical dive packages are for a week 3 boat
dives a day one night dive per week.  They offer special charters if guest
want to get together to get more diving in or go to utila.  I imagine if
you go with a group and take on the whole boat for the week a deal could be
made for 4 boat dives a day for a little extra $.  The resort has a real
family atmospher everyone eats together and by the end of the week hugs not
hand shakes are the norm.   I plan to return, this was a great trip.
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