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Dive Review of Aqua Marina Dive Centre/Playa de las Americas, Tenerife in
Spain/Tenerife, Canary Islands

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, USA
Report Number 1669
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
United Kingdom, Norway, Thailand, Red Sea, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Florida,
Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
18   to 19    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving with a guide; reasonable depth limits enforced  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Divers looking for beautiful corals and lots of tropical fish will be
disappointed; they should book a trip to the Red Sea.  Tenerife and its
sister islands are the result of volcanic activity; except for the
critters, diving here will remind you more of diving the quarry or lake
back home.  Lots . . . lots of moray eels, sting rays and eagle rays. 
Baracuda, angel sharks, scorpion fish, and octopi are also in residence
here.  It takes some looking in the right places to find some of these, but
persistent divers with a good torch will be rewarded.  Most dives are from
a RIB; a couple of shore dives are a real challenge because of rocks and
tides.  Dives between 5 - 45 metres.  British owned/operated Aqua Marina
Dive Centre (www.aqua-marina.com) is close to the beach . . . just a short
walk with equipment to load the RIB to sites nearby.  Multi-lingual dive
staff is first class: friendly, knowledgeable, professional and willing to
ensure the customer has an enjoyable dive holiday.  Good place for
beginners: while I dived, my companion took the PADI OW and AOW courses and
is now an excitied, certified diver.  Rental kit is in good shape; plenty
available.  I would go again and dive with Andy and Neil anytime.  Tenerife
is surprisingly clean and colourful.  Food is good.  Rent a car and take
time to drive up to the volcano (although warm on the shore, it's cold on
the mountain!).  Condos readily available and local markets remain open
late.  Book early.
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