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Dive Review of Luna Beach Resort in

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Ron Riesenbach, ON, CA (2 reports)
Report Number 5919
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very safety oriented. Divers were asked to follow Dive Master with some
modest amount flexibility offered for the more experienced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Separate dunk tank for cameras. Dry table on boat. Dive Master took the
time to explain some finer points of photography.  He even brought is
personal camera one day to take pictures of our group and to email them to
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Luna Beach Resort is a modest establishment run by an ex-pat American. It
is located on a quiet stretch of beach 10-minutes easy beach walk to the
bars/craziness of West End and a 5 minute water taxi ride to West Bay. The
resort is about 10-years old and family run. Debbie handles reservations
from Colorado, while her sister Joan runs the front office with her

The rooms are very clean and well kept. We didn't see one bug or dust bunny
in-doors in 7-days. Staff are friendly and caring. We rented out a villa
with full kitchen and were happy and comfortable.  The rooms have high
ceilings and are air conditioned (although we found the ceiling fans
adequate all throughout the first week in February).  The service is
typical Caribbean (friendly, but not fast). The food is basic, tasty and
fresh. We ate our breakfasts and lunches there, but usually walked to West
End for dinner. The grounds are spotless.  There is a tiny fresh water
pool, parrot cages, and a modest bar. 

While I'm not an experience diver, I found the dive shop first rate. It
occupies a big chunk of the main building with a ramp down to the boat
dock. They provide a concierge service delivering fresh tanks right onto
the boat and wheeling the empties back to the shop. The dive area has a
locked dressing room with benches for over a dozen divers. Each diver has
an overhead racks and hangars for your wet gear. Outside is an open-air
shower and a couple of fresh water dunk tanks for rinsing your gear at
day's end. Inside is a separate study table with TV/DVD for watching course
material. They have a fully-equipped gear rental shop behind the business
office. The rental gear was a respectable brand and in reasonable
condition. Two of our party took the PADI Advance training and one took the
NITROX course. The instructor, Arturo, was patient and professional. He
never rushed us and always ensured that we fully understood what was
needed. He made sure that we did our theory homework and he followed PADI
curriculum closely. I learned a lot and felt very comfortable doing the
deep dive and night dives under his supervision. If I were forced to find
fault, I would say that he was a little laid back as to when exactly we
were to meet to go through the various sections and when the various
compulsory dives would be. But it was no big deal as we were there the
whole week and we interspersed 'fun' dives with the course compulsory

Dozens of excellent dive spots are located just off the Western end of the
Island, right across from the resort. The resort's main dive boat is the
Queenie. Slow, but stable and wide. Ferman, the captain, piloted the
spanking clean boat at a leisurely pace (we were always passed by the
hot-shots with dual outboards), but it was no big deal as never had more
than a 15-minute boat ride to get anywhere. You could stay in the shade of
the canopy or climb up-top for a tan on the roof.  Queenie easily
accommodates a dozen divers and their are three regularly scheduled dives a
day, with one night dive a week. We rarely had more than 8 divers and one
time they took out single diver. There was fresh cold water on board to
drink. They didn't provide any snacks for us except for the one day when we
did a two-tank dive (then we ate copious amounts of pineapple and banana). 

Two other dive masters joined Arturo (Jose and Allan) and both were
professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Safety was always their priority.
There was a dive briefing before each dive and they reviewed safety
procedures even if they knew that this was the 10th time you were hearing
it.  Jose moved us along if we were lolly-gagging but never cut a single
corner or rushed us. In the 7 days I was diving with them, I never saw a
single lapse of judgment or attention where safety was concerned.  They
have a passion for diving and drew our attention to some of the more
interesting and bizarre creatures. They were almost as excited as we were
when we spied the a ray, turtle, moray or a drum fish.

The coral reef around the island is beautiful. Even in such a small area
there is a reasonable amount of diversity in underwater topography with
canyons, gardens, walls, sand flats. There are a few wrecks as well. We saw
tons of little fish and some decent sized grouper, parrot fish, lobster
crab, and schools of blue tangs.  The reef is a protected marine park. They
are fighting an infestation of lion fish so Jose often brought his spear
gun and on a few occasions speared a lion fish, cut it's head off with
scissors and fed it to a grouper who was following us for just this treat.
On the night dive we spent 10-minutes following a octopus across the coral
marveling at it's flexibility. We didn't see any big fish, unfortunately. 

In all, it was an excellent dive adventure for beginners and I would
certainly return there for another vacation. 
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