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Dive Review of Sam's Tours/Sunrise Villas in

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John and Sandra Quick, MI, USA
Report Number 682
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Bonaire, Belize, Roatan, and
assorted other places
in the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Profile recommended and we followed it because of the currents.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Incredible diving.  First time we could say visibility restricted by huge
quantities of fish.  Hundreds of Pyramid butterflies, Potters 
Angels, Bicolor Angels, Moorish Idols, etc.  Lots of sharks.  No need for a
shark feeding here.  The Large Napoleon Wrasse are
a hoot.  They would hang with you effortlessly in the current.  Almost
every dive was a drift dive.  Occasionally we would use a 
reef hook to hang out at a given spot to watch the sharks and Napoleon
Wrasse and other large pelagics.  We dove with Sam's 
Tours.  They picked our group of 8 up at the Sunset Villas every morning
for a 15-20 minute ride to the shop/docks.  Our three
tank a day dive 
trip included a box lunch.  The lunch/surface interval was done on a beach
of one of the "Rock Islands".   A highlight in and of
itself was speeding through these beautiful formations.  It made an
otherwise long boat ride (an hour each way) a treat, though we
might not have felt that way if the weather were bad and seas rough. 
Guides were personable and flexible about dive times.  No
pressure to get back to the dock by 5pm.  One day we did an afternoon
snorkel at Jellyfish Lake.  Definately worthwhile to say 
you've done it.  Another 'extra' one day was a 15 foot 20 minute dive at
"Clam City" to look at the colorful mantles of the 
Tridacna  clams.  Sam's gets a B+ from us.  We would go back.

Sunset Villas had large clean rooms.  No great place to put our dive gear. 
We were not on the beach but then they did have a nice
pool area and we never seemed to have time for hanging out after diving all
day.  Food and service at Sunset Villa okay. 
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