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

aquamarine dive/blue waters inn, May, 2003,

by glen kitchens, nm, usa (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 532.

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

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with divemaster, due to strong currents on most dives;
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 1 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 dives.

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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