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Dive Review of Blue Marine Diving/Amitie Chalets in
Seychelles/Praslin, LaDigue Islands

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Mexico, Cayman Islands, Seychelles, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Cook
Islands, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Fakarava, Fiji, Bonaire, Micronesia, PNG,
Curacao, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Maldives, Emirates, many others... 
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Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 20    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
The usual safety ones  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
5 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
I'm writing another report about diving the Seychelles, since because of my
short vacation time, I went there again to dive in late August. Not much
has changed on Praslin and LaDigue islands, gorgeous beaches, very few
people, good food, and overall great vacation, however, the diving has
gotten a bit worse, following almost complete dissapearance of sharks from
my favorite dives there. I was diving with Blue Marine Diving, and I was
very happy with them, Cyril was a very good ower-instructor, and we never
had more than four people diving with us, on the small, but good and
reliable boat. Both, service and dive guide were very good, we still could
see some big humphead parrotfish on some dives, turtles were there every
dive, and a substantial amount of eagle rays, but there were no sharks
anymore, as they were there even 3 years ago. Unfortunately I've found out
why in a very cruel way, when we had a break in diving on LaDigue Island.
There I saw a small fishing boat unloading their catch, including a
substantial amout of shark fins. Then I knew why I didn't see any sharks on
my dives, as I did 3 years ago on the same islands. 
It is unfortunate that it did happen and nobody is doing anything about it.
Three years ago, we had more fishlife underwater around these islands, and
diving was much better. The Seychelles are as beautiful as they were, and
it is a great vacation spot, but not for divers, not anymore.
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