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

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John Keith, UT, USA
Report Number 875
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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

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
27   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive with divemaster  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
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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