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Dive Review of Octopus Dive School/Carnival Valor in

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Hugh Aaron, VA, United States
Report Number 2235
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Virginia, North Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Requested that we stay with the dive master, which was fine with us.  We
liked have a guide.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
My wife, 12 year old son and I were on the Carnival Valor the week between
Christmas and New Years, 2005.  My wife and I have been diving for about 25
years.  My son was certified this past summer.   Roatan was my sons second
saltwater dive. 

We had made arrangement (via email) before we left home to do a one tank
boat dive in Roatan with the Octopus Dive School.  Octopus is located on
the beach at Foster's in West Bay.  We took a cab from the cruise ship pier
to Foster's ($20 per person round trip).  Although we were only looking for
transportation, a tour guide apparently goes along on all cab rides.  Our
tour guide was Harry, a nice young man who had grown up on Roatan.  

As it turned out, Harry stayed with us at Foster's the entire day.  I
wasnt sure why they did things that way.  It may have been to make sure
that we did not take another cab back to the pier (since, as is apparently
the local custom, cruise ship passengers do no pay for cabs until the cab
returns them to the pier).  At any rate, we enjoyed the time we spent with
Harry and his local knowledge. 

The staff at Octopus, Lars and Nuria, were really friendly and helpful. 
The dive boat picked us up on time at the pier on the beach at Foster's and
dropped us off at another pier about five minutes away.  In addition to the
three of us and the dive master, there were three resort course divers.  
The dive masters first priority was the novice divers (as it should be),
however, we also found him very helpful.  

We left from the shore for a guided tour of the reef right off the West Bay
beach.  Our maximum depth was 39 feet.  In addition to numerous fish and
the very health reef, we saw a small turtle and a large eagle ray.

At the conclusion of the dive, the Octopus dive boat picked us up and took
as back to Fosters where Harry and the cab driver were waiting.  They got
us back to the cruise ship in plenty of time.

My family thought Roatan was the best dive of the trip (we also dove
Stingray City, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya).  Although, they may have been
influenced by the fact that weather was nicer in Roatan than in our other
ports.  We were very pleased with Octopus Dive School and would definitely
dive with them again. 
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