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Dive Review of Caribu Stu/Sandy Point Beach Club in
Trinidad and Tobago

Caribu Stu/Sandy Point Beach Club, Aug, 2009,

by Lisa Vignerot, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5737.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving cozomel, palau, saba, OBX, Florida, St. Maarten, Cyprus
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions This was a private dive master with a nice boat and he catered to our desired profile
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments He was an avid UWP and gave us many tips on better UWP. He also worked on our technique and our photography got much better after the week of diving with Stu

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We chose Stu because he was personal and catered to a customized experience. He took us to his "private" dive sites and our dive experience was top notch! I highly recommend Stu if you are diving in Tobago. He is located in the north end, and we stayed in the south end, so we had an hour drive back and forth each day, but it was worth it. I saw the other dive operations and I would run, not walk away from them. Very dangerous, no deck or shade, and no safety. Stu was extremely safety conscious, his driver was fantastic and we were well catered to. The night dive was amazing. We really got spoiled diving with our own private dive master all week. It was pricy, but well worth the money. A few things about the island- wont go again. They hate tourist and they make you feel like an intruder. They are rude to you and almost hostile. They hate tourists. They will also take every advantage of you every step of the way. We took a tour of the rainforest, pre-negotiated the cost, and then he doubled it when we got to the end. He refused to take us back to the main road if we didn't pay up. I felt robbed. Went to get coffee in a shop- they refused to serve me until every last local was served first. Lunch- they ignored us and wouldn't serve us. Market- overcharged us for almost everything- had to go item by item showing her the price and then she corrected the price to the correct price. Horrible place. Clean, well maintained, but hateful people. If it weren't for Stu, our vacation would have been terrible. Stu was awesome and apologized for his fellow countrymen and acknowledged the hatred toward tourist. Reefs were cool, and the fresh water mixing with the salt water at the thermo cline was really weird. Get in the water and it's a murky green. Go 10 feet down and it turns a beautiful clear Caribbean blue with 75 feet vis.
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