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Dive Review of Aquamarine Dive Shop/Blue Waters Inn in
Trinidad and Tobago/Tobago

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by eric multhaup, CA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6734
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bali, Fiji, Caribbean, California Coast
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
80 feet max on the first dive; 65 max on the second  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Aquamarine Dive Shop and the Blue Waters Inn are a great vacation
destination, particularly for a group that includes different degrees of
interest in diving vs. other activities. Blue Waters Inn has a private cove
north of Speyside, which is a small friendly town at the northeast end of
Tobago. Everything is local; there is no corporate presence once you drive
out of the airport region around Scarborough in the south. The Blue Waters
Inn is right on the water, so you sleep to the sound of lapping waves.
Aquamarine is immediately adjacent, as is the dock, and is very well
managed by owner Alice Darwent. The diving is extremely colorful and easy,
with all dive sites about 8 - 10 minutes away around Little Tobago,
offshore of Speyside. The dive guides are very competent and attentive,
with a good sense of humor. In 10 dives, we repeated only one site, Coral
Gardens, which has the world's largest (known) brain coral. The dive sites
are notable for the diversity of flora, for example, Japanese Garden has
very different coloration and whip coral that look like a bonsai garden.
That site also has Kamikaze Cut, where the currents zip through a narrow
aperture. Otherwise, the diving is entirely suitable for beginning
recreational divers, and enjoyable for more experienced divers. For
adventure diving, you would have to make special arrangements to go past
the northern tip of the island to dive The Sisters. 
Landlife is simple and enterntaining, with a lively bar scene at the Blue
Waters, and local restaurants a 15 minute walk into Speyside, especially
Jemma's Seafood Kitchen, with outstanding flavors infused into the local
rice/chicken/shrimp dishes. The Blue Waters' clientele is about half divers
and half birders, because Little Tobago is a world mecca for certain
tropical birds, worth a side trip. Another good excursion is north to the
end-of-the-world village of Charlotteville, with a nice beach and a few
small restaurants. Blue Waters is owned and well-run by a Trinidad family,
and it really the only viable dive/lodging facility in the area.  
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