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Dive Review of Breezes Runaway Bay in
Jamaica

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Bill and Kathy Carstens, wi, usa (3 reports)
Report Number 376

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

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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