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

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Lisa Vignerot, VA, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5737
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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

sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
This was a private dive master with a nice boat and he catered to our
desired profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
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  
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):
4 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    
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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