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Dive Review of Subway Watersports/Cruise Ship in

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Halem, CA, US
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Report Number 6427
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Florida Keys, Italy, Mexico (both sides), Catalina, Monterey, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on board with 500.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No facilities on boat for cameras.  Captain would hand it down once in the
water and take it back at the end of the dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We were on a cruise ship that stopped in Roatan for one day.  Since the
cruise line refused to tell me who they were using for dive excursions and
I wanted to check the operator out on Undercurrent, I emailed several and
selected Subway because they would provide transportation from the ship and
back.  When I arrived and started looking for their driver, he was not to
be found.  I asked around and the other guides knew who he was and hadn't
seen him.  Pretty soon, another couple from another cruise ship was
directed to me and we waited together.  After a few more minutes, one of
the dispatchers came over to tell us that Subway's bus had gone to the
wrong cruise ship dock and we should take a cab and they would pay for it
when we got there.  That worked well.

I had my own equipment but the other couple needed everything.  The rental
gear was relatively new and seemed to be well maintained.  Since there were
only three of us diving, we were assigned to a small (16-18 foot) Boston
Whaler with a divemaster and a captain.  The ride to the dive site was only
about 10 minutes.  The sites are all marked with buoys so there is no need
to anchor and damage the reef.  The dive rules were to stay with the DM and
be back on board with 500.  The other couple were experiencing their first
salt water dives after training in a Texas lake.  The DM stayed with them
and stayed at the top of the reef, while I was free to explore the walls
and canyons in the coral, staying within bubble sight throughout the dive. 
There is lovely coral, but the fish were a bit disappointing.  Nothing
large or different, pretty much the usual stuff you would see on any dive
in the Caribbean.  When we surfaced, the captain had freshly carved
pineapple and water for the SI snack.  The Whaler didn't carry a second set
of tanks so we made the 10 minute trip back to the dock which also provided
access to the bathrooms.

The second dive was very similar.  Nearby location, nice corals but average

The return trip to the cruise ship was in the company van and left promptly
after our dive.

Overall, I was impressed with the quality and service of the Subway
operation.  They did proper safety and dive briefings and took excellent
care of the new divers and let me do my own thing.  Roatan itself wasn't
great, but if your are there, this is a good company to dive with.  They do
have a complete resort (Turquoise Bay) on site, but I have no way to know
how that is.
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