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

Tropic Vista Dive Resort, May, 2005,

by Jeremy Ellis, GA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 2049.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Allowed to dive own profiles once crew was comfortable with your abilities.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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