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Dive Review of Aquaventures/Long Bay Resort in
Virgin Islands/Tortola

April, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Hank Martin, NJ, USA
Report Number 104
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives led by divemaster.  Back on board with 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
After reading the Chap Book, I had decided not to use Baskin, and searched
for an alternative.  Found Aquaventures, a small shop located near Road
Town Harbor, on the net, and used them for my 12-year old son's Open Water
certification.  They were great.  The owner, divemaster and instructor were
all very dedicated to making every trip a good one, even when we were the
only two people on the boat, which was the case for two days of diving.  I
was completely comfortable with my son's care, and had a great time diving
while he finished up his check out dives.  Diving wasn't spectacular, but
it was decent.  Our favorite sites were Painted Wall and Blonde Rock, both
near Dead Man's Chest, and both very much worth doing.  All equipment was
handled by staff, and towels, drinks and snacks were provided between

Long Bay is a nice resort, but expensive.  Ocean front cottages looked like
they could use a major face lift - if you go, opt for the hillside villas. 
Very well equipped and nicely constructed. We stayed in one fo the newer
ones - it was really beautiful with great views.  But, there is a lot of
walking up and down hills.  Pool was pretty beat up - the bottom really
needed a resurfacing.  Maintenance of the public areas could also be better
- it's not awful, but not spotless, either.  Long Bay Beach is very
beautiful, but because of a rocky bottom, the swimming isn't great.  Stay
away from the weekly buffet unless you like overcooked steak, chicken and

Road Town is kind of funky, but the resturants are decent and the grocery
stores surprisingly well stocked.  Try the take out at Bobby's - the
curried chicken is excellent.  
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