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Dive Review of Centro de buceo Octopus in
Spain/Mallorca

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, USA
Report Number 1831
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
UK, Norway, Thailand, Red Sea, Turkey, Cyprus, Cayman Is, Turks &
Caicos, Bahamas, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
22   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
15   to 25    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth, time, all diving done under the supervision of a guide  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 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
3 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
Octopus Dive Centre is a small operation in Port de Soller, Mallorca,
Spain; charming resort town, easy to reach from Europe.  Owners Marc and
Marilen take good care of their customers on two hard boats: OCTOPUS I and
OCTOPUS III; dives twice daily at 10:00 and 16:00, night dives on request. 
Divemasters are very capable; safety and a good experience for the divers
is important to them.  Rental gear available . . . much of it new (Cressi),
all of it in good shape.  Twelve liter cylinders were always filled to 200
bar or more.  Although guided, all dives lasted 55+ minutes.  No corals to
speak of (this is the Med!), but lots of rock formations and ocean grass. 
Sparse populations of large fish, some places there were lots of little
fishies.  Told there were mantas & eagle rays but saw none.  Plenty of
moray eels and barracudas.  No wrecks, but we were told one is dived
occasionally in Palma.  Generally this area probably wouldn't get an
experienced diver excited, but it is easy diving and a great spot for
novices.  Pleasant place to enjoy surface intervals; food is great (eat at
the resturant El Pirat).  My accommodation was "okay" but there
are better (4*) hotels available.  Check info at www.octopus-mallorca.com;
note info on their trips to the Maldives.
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