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Dive Review of Breezes Runaway Bay in
Jamaica

Breezes Runaway Bay, Jan, 2003,

by Bill and Kathy Carstens, wi, usa . Report 375.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Cayman Brac, Cozumel, So. Caicos, Roatan, Dominican Republic, Great Lakes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Bottom times more enforced than depth limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Although there was a separate rinse tank on shore for masks and regulators, there was nothing in addition to this for tanks. There was nothing on the boat for equipment but the ride to the reef was under 10 minutes. There was no on site developing that I was aware of.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments The rental scuba gear (all included in the price of the resort) was in very good shape, but some of the full foot fins had seen their better days. Runaway Bay is very overfished. We saw almost no fish on the dives but there were quite a few sergeant majors and some octopi when we snorkeled off shore. The coral is alive but not too colorful. The shipwreck of the Reggae Queen is interesting for wreck divers, but not penatratable. There is no shore diving allowed and they really don't want you snorkelling outside the swimming area (which unfortunately happens to be where the reef is.) This is a very nice resort vacation with a dive or two thrown in (at NO COST), but it is not a dive destination. The divemasters were not overly enthousiastic about their jobs and seemed rather pleased not to have to go out when it was windy. There is nothing to do outside the resort. If you want to shop, Ocho Rios is fun. Work out a cab price in advance and have them pick you back up.
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