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Dive Review of Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in
Jamaica/Montego Bay

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort, Mar, 2007,

by Larry Sensenig, IA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 3317.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel (many times), Grand Caymans, Bonne Terre Mine, Mo, Dutch Springs, PA, West Lake Okoboji, IA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Diving profiles were very conservative. Over five days of diving no dive was beyond 70 feet. Often surfaced with 1000 psi in tank.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Sandals Royal Caribbean is a charming self-contained all inclusive resort. There are five restaurants serving very good food and multiple pools (some with swim-up bars) on the manicured property. Trips to other island attractions are available for an additional fee. There was evening entertainment ranging from very good to fair depending on the night. Reading previous Travelin' Diver's Chapbooks gave an accurate picture of the diving experience. If you have not been diving in the past six months you will have to take a pool refresher course. Diving took place off a beautiful 46 ft. dive boat. Some of the trips had over 20 people on the boat, but dives took place with groups of four divers. The divemasters were competent, but not particularly helpful. Dive profiles were conservative, often surfacing with 1000 psi left in the tank. There was no shore diving at the resort. Over five days of diving no large schools of fish were seen. Individual sightings included two turtles, several sea cucumbers, flounder, star fish, puffer fish, french grunts, and a small sting ray. A wall dive and an old DC-3 airplane added some diving interest. The Sandals Royal Caribbean provides a nice vacation destination, but experienced divers will become a bit bored with the diving.
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