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Dive Review of Green Monkey/Bunkum Beach House in
Other Locations/Montserrat, Lesser Antilles

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Brian Gibson, MO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3497
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Little Caymen, Cozumel, Roatan, Grand Turk, Dominica, Palau, Yap, Curacao,
Belize, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No camera table but there was only 3 people on the boat so there was plenty
of space to work with cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
My wife and I recently took a trip to Montserrat (August 2007). Due to
Hurricane Dean we arrived a day late but we were able to get there early
the next morning and didn't miss any diving. We were originally scheduled
to dive with Sea Wolf diving because of their good correspondence via
email. However upon arriving, we discovered that they had pulled their boat
out of the water for the hurricane and didn't plan on putting it back in
for a few days. We then called the Green Monkey dive shop and they were
happy to accommodate us. We were in the water within a few hours of landing
on the island. (Sea Wolf was even a little confrontational after learning
we had decided to dive with Green Monkey, so I'm glad our situation worked
out like it did. Not to mention that the Green Monkey boat is much better
suited for diving).

Due to the hurricane the water was murky, but Troy at Green Monkey was up
front and honest that the visibility wouldn't be good. Having not dove in a
while we decided it would be fun just to get wet. We dove for 3 days, the
first 2 the visibility was poor but on the third day it cleared up to close
to normal. Even with limited visibility we had great diving and on the last
day the diving was fantastic. Due to the lack of tourists the reefs are in
perfect condition and the wildlife is not used to human interaction. Among
many other things, we saw a pair of 5' sting rays that were content to sit
and watch while I was swimming around them getting pictures from all angles
and even some great macro shots.

Troy and Melody run a good operation. They have a good, clean boat and
shop. We took our own gear, but our friend rented gear and it was well
maintained and in good working order. Our dive guide, Ned, was great,
showing us all kinds of critters.

We stayed at Bunkum Beach House (, owned and
operated by Sun. The rooms were large and clean and the pool was a great
way to spend the afternoon. She even bought breakfast for us when she found
out that we were delayed and that we wouldn't arrive until Sunday, because
all the grocery stores are closed on Sundays.

There are lots of other activities on Montserrat like hiking and the MVO
(Montserrat Volcano Observatory), where you can get a good look at the
active volcano. For transportation, the mini buses run very regularly and
will get you pretty much anywhere you need to go. We used a taxi driver
named Winston a few times. He is the former police commissioner and is very
knowledgeable about the island. We are always looking for different and
exotic places to go and Montserrat definitely fits that profile, in fact,
when we were there we were the only tourists on the island. I would highly
recommend it to anyone looking for something different that the normal
Caribbean destination.
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