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Dive Review of Aquatique/none in
Other Locations/Manama, Bahrain

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Terry Kraft, va, USA
Report Number 1006
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Phillipines, Thailand, Spain, Hawaii, Guam, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
50 minutes or 500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Had an area for keeping things dry in the bow.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Did this dive while visiting Bahrain on business.  They meet you at a
resort and bring all their gear there. Very friendly aussies and brits. 
The Captain of the dive boat is worth the price of admission - very
knowledgable about Bahrain and the middle east in general. Really knows his
diving.  Rest of the staff are helpful and fun.

I had my own BCD, but used their wetsuit as the water was still a little
cold.  Their gear looked old, especially the wet suits, but was servicable.
 There were six of us on a boat that could hold 12 divers comfortably. Got
to the site fast.  No head on board, but a cooler for all our stuff. Have
to bring all your own food and water - we stopped at a supermarket on the
way and stocked up.

First dive was a tugboat wreck in about 30 feet of water. Not much to write
home about.  Decent amount of fish inside the wreck - barren outside. The
Captain explained that most reefs have been destroyed with just a few

Next dive was also shallow - about 30 feet, but better.  It was one of the
few reefs still around and had a decent amount of sea life, including a
turtle which has lived there forever. Mostly hard coral, lots of little
creatures. The reef is in the shadow of several anchored tankers - a little

Next time I go I will try the pearl diving, which is their specialty.
Sounds like a good training program that culminates in a dive for natural
pearls.  They seem to really know their stuff.

Overall a fun couple of dives with great people.  Experts may be a bit
disppointed in the venues.  Price was right, 70 dollars for two dives.
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