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Dive Review of Sea Ventures/N/A in
Puerto Rico

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jacques Miller, NY, USA
Report Number 1026
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Bahamas, Hawaii, St. Lucia, Key Largo, St. Martin
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None. "Stay with the guy and he will tell you when it is time".  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
1 stars    
Sea Ventures is actually the reason why I subscribed to Undercurrent as I
was not happy with them at all and I wanted to be able in the future to
avoid operators like them.

Everything seemed to be alright until we got on the boat. Dive shop was
nothing fancy. I rented all my equipment as I was actually not planning on
diving in PR at all as this was a business trip/conference. They do NOT
rent dive computers.

The dive briefing was not acceptable at all at the first site. Profile was
announced as "Stay with the guide, he will let you know". On
descend my buddy had problems equalizing. The guide went off with the
remaining 2 divers, seeing that there were problems. We lost the guide and
just decided to stay in the are then. Vis was about 40ft. Not happy, but it
should come worse.

Some snorkelers got seasick so the staff announced we are going to a site
with very bad viz, nothing to see but feed fish with cookies. The 2nd dive
briefing was as bad as the first. This time we were instruced to swim on
the surface towards a buoy about 100ft away before descending. Vis was
about 10-15ft(!). One of the divers in the group had a bad tank of air. The
staff refused to change the bottle while on the boat. She went into the
water and got dizzy. They finally changed the tank. The guide decided then
to descend next to the boat. That decided the dive for my buddy and me: 100
ft away, viz 15 ft: Lost guide, saw nothing, fed the 3 fish we saw with
cookies and made our way back to the boat.

Complaint about the service with no result. Decided to try to get my money
back via AMEX. Sea Ventures/Westin Hotel send them a letter stating several
incorrect facts and refused to give me credit. Main argument was nobody
else complaint. My two buddies did not complain as they charged it to the
room and did not have to pay for it and I assume so did the others. 

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