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

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Sensenig, IA, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 3317
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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

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
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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