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Dive Review of Tropic Vista Dive Resort in
The Continental USA/Tavernier

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy Ellis, GA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2049
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bimini, Bonaire, BVIs, Cayman Brac, Cozemul, Curacao, FL Keys, Grand
Cayman, Little Cayman, New Providence Bahamas, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Allowed to dive own profiles once crew was comfortable with your abilities.
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Dive boat provides nothing other than a separate rinse bucket for cameras;
however, crew is very good about helping photographers in and out of the
water with the camera.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The Tropic Vista Motel is not the top choice of many for a vacation;
however, it is ideally set up for someone who wants to complete 4-5 dives a
day and just wants a room to sleep.  The rooms are typical motel rooms
(double beds, cable TV, small refrigerator, small bathroom).  The dock and
dive boat are at the back of the motel and there is a small restaurant next
to the motel.  This setup makes it very efficient to eat, dive and sleep. 
The motel has a decent swimming pool and there are several restaurants
nearby for dinners.  Next to the dock is a sizeable freshwater rinse bucket
and a large locker to store and dry your equipment overnight.  The captain
of the dive boat, Don, and his crew know all of the dive spots and take
exceptional care of their divers.  The amenities that the motel lacks, the
dive boat makes up for in terms of safety (on board oxygen, new radios,
extensive first aid kit, large head, etc.).  The staff does role calls on
each dive site.  Don and his first mate, Jeff, give excellent briefings of
the dive sites and go the extra mile with photographers to point them in
the best direction for photos.  They are flexible on taking the boat out
with a small party and can manage larger crowds.  On our trip the boat had
as few as 6 divers and as many as 20 divers.  The afternoon dives tended to
be emptier.  This is first class dive operation that has decent place to
spend the night and access to some great entertainment in the evening.    
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