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Dive Review of Sandals/Sandals Grande Riviera in
Jamaica/Ocho Rios

May, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Quick, FL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6986
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Hawaii, Guam, Palau, Indonesia, Malaysia, Grand Cayman, Bonaire,
Australia, Mexico, Maldives, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving.  45 minute time limit.  Must dive as group with dive
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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No facilities at dive shop for UWP.  Bucket on boat for cameras.  Due to
having to dive with the group, taking time for prope
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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5 stars   
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This is our second time to Sandals Grande Riviera (formerly Sandals Ocho
Rios).  The Sandals chain is an ultra all-inclusive resort network.  I
won't comment on the rooms, restaurants or other service, other than to say
it is 6 star quality!  Jamaica is not known for diving, but as I had done a
resort course 20 years ago at Ocho Rios, I wanted to see what had changed
in that time.  As part of the price you pay for your Sandals package, you
get 2, 1-tank boat dives a day.  Dive times for certified divers were 9AM
and 2PM, with classes diving at 11AM and private dives possible at 8AM. 
Things run on island time, so the schedule w ...
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