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Dive Review of Paradise Island in

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Mary Wicksten, TX, U.S.A.
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3829
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Bonaire, Fiji, Australia, Palau, Galapagos Islands, Canada,
Cozumel, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Yap, Hawaii, Baja California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth and time limits--depth as specified by divemaster, time usually 50
minutes total  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Boats had dedicated camera buckets. No onshore facilities except for some
film for sale in gift shop. No rentals. 
NO large pelagics at all, only one big fish (100 lb. snapper) seen during
entire trip but "muck diving" worthwhile--lots of small stuff.
Hermit crabs, basket stars, shrimp and much more on night dives. Bring your
macro lens or attachments!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Resort has been repainting and servicing boats, piers and rooms. Few
bugs--resort sprays daily (but no butterflies, either). Bring cash--very
hard to use traveler's checks, no ATM within miles. Food good, not gourmet
but lots of it. Fresh fruit, omelettes, fresh-baked pastry and cookies,
fish every day. Takes a while to figure out the air conditioning units.
Sunning/snorkeling beaches very nice.Resort is isolated from town and
tourist traps, taxis costly but then if you make four dives per day, who
cares? Shore diving easy and available. Some rain squalls and chop,
hang-on-tight current during two dives but this was January, after all.
Really good "muck diving" right off the beach and gazebo--upside
down jellyfish, arrow and green clinging crabs, brittle stars, cleaner
shrimp, etc. Saw my first mushroom scorpionfish! Night dives loaded with
critters. Guides are good at spotting morays and sea horses. Many pretty
indigo and yellowbelly hamlets, drums, goldentail moray, etc. Saw hook and
line fishing locally, not much in the way of big fish. French Key Bank had
the most predatory fish (jacks, barracuda, some larger groupers) but this
bank also has the most surge, not recommended for real novices. Never saw
any sharks. There were reports of one each sea turtle and eagle ray. I saw
a stingray scoot off. If you want big stuff, go somewhere else. Resort
rents lights but was short on batteries--bring your own if you want to go
night diving. Guides were professional and courteous, knew the area well. 
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