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Dive Review of Tobago Dive Experience/Manta Lodge in
Trinidad and Tobago/Tobago, Speyside

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by John Miller, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 4847
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Turneffle Lodge Belize, Cozumel, Key West
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Our group was experienced and the dive operator accommodated that with just
basic safety considerations.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Some of the best coral and marine life abundance I've experienced!
Bookends, Special and Japanese Gardens were my lifetime favorite dive
sites. However, no camera buckets on boats. Had WiFi in lobby for uploading
photos etc. Swift currents makes photo a snap-shot on the fly situation.
Not really conducive to  sharp focus work, unless you can find a spot to
get in out of the current, then you loose the rest of your group as they
drifted on. If you turn into the current and kick as hard as you can you
might manage to stay in one spot. Best to hold on to a rock if you can find
one - don't hold on to the coral!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Dive operators are rough on your equipment, the boats (I call them whale
boats) are extremely difficult for older divers to get back on, and all
entries are roll-off. You need to be in good shape to dive the Speyside
area on the northern end of Tobago. Can't speak for the southern end.
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