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Dive Review of Aquamarine Divers/Blue Waters Inn in
Trinidad and Tobago/Speyside, Tobago

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Clem Clapp, AL, US (5 reports)
Report Number 3667

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Reporter
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mostly Gulf Coast, Florida Keys, Central America & Caribbean

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
follow the buoy, come up when air gets low and make 3 minute safety stop  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Non-diving spouse and I both enjoyed this somewhat off-the-beaten-path
destination during the low season. The resort was less than  1/2 full.
Apparently we hit the customary dry spell during the rainy season that was
referred to as the "petite carem" (or something of such).  Made
for a mixed bag of visability throughout the 10 days but at least it didn't
rain very much. Viz went from 80'+ to pretty bad at the end.
Most visitors were from the UK with a few others from Germany and Holland.
The only other Americans we encountered were 2 couples that lived in
Trinidad and were on a holiday.
Dive boats were pretty basic. Both had manually cranked, 70 HP  outboard
engines mounted on covered 25-30'pirouges with roll-out water entry. To
exit water you could remove gear and hand it up before climbing the ladder,
if necessary. Boats were functional for the 5-8 minute rides to the sites
with all of our diving done just out front of the resort around Goat Island
& Little Tobago. 2 dives were done off the south point of the bay where
we spotted our only manta of the trip. Boats returned to the resort for the
SI. Dive shop and boat personnel were pleasant and accomodating. Trips to
St. Giles or other sites on other side of Tobago required 4 divers
committing to dive there at least a day ahead of time. That we could never
get arranged. 
Coral was varied, healthy and abundant. Fish were varied and abundant also
but with very few large fish. Nurse sharks were seen on about half the
dives. Other marine life of note were spotted drum, scorpion fish, a sea
horse, eagle rays, several turtles, a couple of octopi, tarpon, yellow goat
fish, surgeons, grunts, damsels, several wrasse species, garden eels,
green, spotted & speckled morays, arrow crab (I think), banded coral
shrimp, numerous lobsters and more. 
The hotel restaurant was a mixed bag. Breakfast was good, lunch was pretty
good but we ate out for dinner with a couple of exceptions. Food service
was pretty good but slow at times. We wondered if service might change
during the high season. A note to previous visitors; The Fish Pot
Restaurant at BWI is presently being renovated and is to reopen on October
12. It is to be air conditioned, menu redone to reflect more
"creole" dishes, and renamed "The Golden Doubloon
Tavern".  Evening meals we took at Jenna's Tree House, The Birdwatcher
Restaurant and Speyside Inn in Speyside and Sharon & Phebes over the
hill in Charlotteville. 
This is a quiet, laid back destination. The only night life is that created
by yourself. The Friday night managers event did feature a pretty good,
local steel band. BWI does have a nice, seagrape tree shaded beach. 
Everything considered, we would revisit this destination.
   
 
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