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Dive Review of aquamarine dive/blue waters inn in
Trinidad and Tobago/tobago / speyside

May, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by glen kitchens, nm, usa
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 532
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia; Fiji; Micronesia; Many Carribean locations; Papua New Guinea;
Mexican cenotes; 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with divemaster, due to strong currents on most dives;  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Due to water shortage, dive shop dunk tank was empty. No water in rooms
after diving. No dunk tank on boat. Boats have no storage for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
My dive buddies & I have for years made an annual April - May
pilgrimage to some place none of us have been to before. That's how we
ended up on Tobago. Flight is BWIA from Miami to Port of Spain, Trinidad,
then a puddle-jump to Crown Point, Tobago. We got there at 10PM. That's
where the trouble started. Blue Waters Inn is a one-hour taxi ride ($50 /
cab)from the airport. We had paid for transfers both ways. No one was there
to pick us up. It took two taxis to haul divers & gear. The next day,
we approached management about reimbursement for taxis - they told us in no
uncertain terms that we arrived after normal operating hours, & would
not be reimbursed.

Next, we discovered that water rationing was in effect & water was on
only a few hours at night, except the last night we were there, when water
never came on at all. Most of the staff at Blue Waters gave the distinct
impression that they were doing us a favor by being there. Don't dare walk
wet into the open-air bar - they will toss you out. Lodge location, just
out of Speyside, is a very scenic location with good beach. The rooms are
spacious with plenty of storage, but the new air conditioners do not cool
the rooms.

Shore diving is allowed, but only until 4PM, due to strong current at north
point of bay. Night dives only by boat, at $50 / person. PSI in tanks not
consistent - anywhere from 2,500 PSI up. All diving we were offered was
within ten minutes' boat travel from the dock, which allows for shore break
between dives. All dives were drift dives with good visibility & reefs
in good shape. Pretty good macro subjects, but no big fish. Boat exit &
entry was often complicated by surge & waves. Boats are crowded with no
storage space, especially for cameras & no dunk tank. One of my buddies
had his camera passed to him in the water with one strobe dangling on the
cord, the mount having been broken in the boat, after we got in the water.

All dives are led by divemasters, who don't seem to appreciate meaning of
drift diving, on several occasions leading divers against strong currents
with intent (my opinion) to shorten dives. Once back at the Aquamarine dive
shop, no water in the camera dunk tank, & no water in the rooms - not a
good situation for cameras. Oh, & we got to see the world's largest
brain coral (you've all seen the picture in magazines)on three separate

My buddies & I have stayed in some pretty rough places around the world
(Papua New Guinea comes to mind), but this one ranks right up there. Oh,
& the majority crowd at Blue Waters is birders, not divers. So, don't
plan to stay up late & get rowdy - birders can be a cranky bunch! At
least our transfer back to the airport was paid for.
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