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

Aquaventures/Long Bay Resort, Apr, 2002,

by Hank Martin, NJ, USA . Report 104.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives led by divemaster. Back on board with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 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 3 stars
Comments 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 dives.

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 fish.

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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