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Dive Review of Aquanauts in
Venezuela/Isla Margarita

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Nancy Cheris, PA, USA
Reviewer (2 reports)

Report Number 1518
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
US, Cozumel and most of the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 78    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Escorted by divemaster who allowed us to dive our profile safely. 
Divemaster pointed out marine life and even provided oysters to feed the
fish.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Rinse buckets on board.  Cameras handed to us after we entered the water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The service and fun we had diving Los Frailes was exceptional.  We were met
at port by the owner who transported our gear and us to a taxi.  We rode
about 90 minutes across the island to a beach. (Free sightseeing trip!)  We
all helped push the boat over the sandbar then proceeded across the bay (45
minutes) to the coral islands.  Pearl oysters everywhere.  Water was cool
by Caribbean standards and very clear.  The divemasters opened the shells
and let us feed the fish.  This was not a marine sanctuary so we could wear
gloves and knives.  On the way back, the divemasters opened oysters for
anyone who wished to partake.  Beer was served, too.  We even found a small
seed pearl in one of the oysters.  Everyone in our group of six agreed this
was one of the best dive trips of the vacation.  The two divers working on
their open water certification were equally enthusiastic.  Isla Margarita
is a great place to dive with Aquanauts.  The only drawback is the lack of
restroom facilities on land.  The very reasonable price of $85 included the
taxi.  Be sure to have cash or travelers checks and money for tips and
t-shirts.  Contact Aquanauts at aquanautsvenezuela@hotmail.com
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