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Dive Review of Aquanauts in
Venezuela/Isla Margarita

Aquanauts, Dec, 2004,

by Nancy Cheris, PA, USA . Report 1518.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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