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Dive Review of The Cotton Dive Centre/Cotton Bay Hotel, Rodrigues in
Other Locations/Indian Ocean, Rodrigues Island

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA
Report Number 3165
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Mexico, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Bonaire, Fiji, Cook Islands,
Emirates, Australia, PNG, French Polynesia, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Fakarava,
Toau, Micronesia, Hawaii, many others
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Rodrigues is a quiet and lonely island situated in the southern Indian
Ocean, a brief 2 hours flight from Mauritius. It's a dry rocky land,
surrounded by beautiful beaches and rocky lagoons. I stayed in a gorgeous
Cotton Bay Hotel, which hosts Cotton Dive Centre. It's a very good
operation with very skilled guides and owners, Fifi and her husband Jackie.
The reefs surrounding Rodrigues are in superb shape, with many tropical
fish. The best dive was done under the reef in a very strong current with
many huge silver jacks and trevally jacks, and excellent coral garden. It
was very interesting and beautiful, however, Rodrigues lacks many large
pelagics, which are usually far away from the healthy reefs. What the
island offers is a completely different set up than Mauritius, and
remarkable serenity. You really feel like you are on the end of the world.
The beaches are great and the hotel offers some tours and Sega dance
performances, done by the locals. 
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