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Dive Review of Beyond The Reef/The Pathways in

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Margaret Jorgensen, TN, US
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Report Number 5934
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Sharm, Great Barrier Reef, Grand Cayman, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
81   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Beyond the Reef is a tiny operation. One boat--four divers max. We were
with two snorkelers one day, alone for our other dives. Morgan (dive guide)
and John Paul consulted with us each day on dive locations. Dive trips left
in accordance with the tides and so the time varied each day. We
encountered one couple diving with the big dive operation on the island who
had been on 10 manta dives and had seen two mantas. We went on two, saw
mantas, 2-5, each time. (I later learned that mantas appear at the cleaning
station when the tide is going out. The couple had dived the same days we
had, but earlier in the day.) There was an initial tendency to take us to
see large pelagics but when we indicated we were more interested in seeing
reef fish, dive sites were shifted to accommodate us. We pretty much dived
as we pleased with Morgan hanging out and occassionally pointing out
sharks, turtles or nudibranches. Hot chocolate and snacks were available
for the dive interval.

The Pathways Hotel is small and lovely. Ten (I think) cottages on a hill on
the road into Colonia. Best food on the island is at Trader's Ridge. Bar
food available at Manta Bay Hotel (which caters to dive groups). 

It rained several days, but we found calm, clear places to dive. We were
well out of the rainy season. One hotel owner said the weather we were
experiencing should have been over in November.

The dive trip included 10 days in Palau and 7 in Yap. I wish we had spent
more time on Yap and less on Palau, though if big critters are your thing,
then Palau is better.
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