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Dive Review of Dive Mania/Pelican Club Resort in
St. Maarten

Dive Mania/Pelican Club Resort, Dec, 2003,

by John Keith, UT, USA . Report 875.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Cabo San Lucas, Monterey CA, Florida Keys, Red Sea, Canary Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 27 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments While Undercurrents pans St. Maarten as a dive site, we found that the coral was reasonably good and the dives were fairly interesting (although not more that 70 feet). Although the sea was moderately rough (enough to cause some on the boat to be seasick and to result in fairly rough return to the boat), the coral was in good shape and there were a number of smaller fish species. We saw a large sting ray at the end of one dive. As for Dive Mania, we had around 15 persons on the boat, and the divemasters (3) did not seem to worry about what we did. That's OK for divers with experience, but no so good for the beginners we had with us. They sped ahead of the group and lost visual contact often. They also seemed to be not particularly careful of the coral or the sea life. We decided not to dive with them a second time. We had two well-kept rooms at the Pelican Resort - very comfortable, roomy, and well equipped. However, the people who dealt with the public were not friendly and seemed to be put upon to have to wait on us. Friendly island, my a--.
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