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Dive Review of UBS Divers/Tamarind Club in
Virgin Islands/Tortola

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck Levine, PA, USA
Report Number 2202
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, St Vincent, Bahamas, Bonaire, Saba, Florida, Pennsylvania
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only two dives per day were offered despite "...all the diving you can
do and all the beer you can drink..." email from dive operator/owner  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 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
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Decided that I needed a few days away to clear my head under the waters of
the Caribbean due to my wife's health concerns and finally was able to
coordinate reasonable airfare (USAirways connecting to Win-Air in SXM),
lodging (Tamarind Club), and private diving (UBS Dive Center) for a four
day trip.  Website for Tamarind Club described a beautiful, intimate 9 room
hotel with onsite restaurant, pool, and airport transfers included.  Rooms
were clean, AC, shower and fridge. Meals were fantastic and reasonably
priced for the islands. Entertainment at night was loud and late, but the
owners put me in the farthest room from the pool area to minimize the late
night disturbance. Apparently airport transfers only means one way: cost me
$20 from the airport (actual one-way fare is $7-8 so paying $20 one-way
covers the r/t).

UBS Divers advertises: "...we run private dive boats for you and your
group of family or friends, it will always be just your group on - board
the boat." and " based guests can choose from half or full
day trips with two-tank day dives or afternoon and night dives."
"Prices are per person and include your own private dive boat,
Captain/Instructor, all equipment & drinks."
"2 Persons Full Day (9:30 - 4:00)  $150.00  
3 Persons Full Day (9:30 - 4:00)  $100.00"

In fact UBS offered to have one of the owners (husband and wife Tony and
Kathryn Brunn)take me out one-on-one on their small boat for half of their
usual fee. I expected three dives/day for days 1&2, 2 dives the morning
of my third day in anticipation of flying home next day. Conditions were
choppy, viz was 50-75 feet, water was a cool 80F. 3mm wetsuit with hooded
vest was comfortable...just. Fish were typical caribbean fare. A few
southern rays but nothing large and little small. Coral had some bleaching
but otherwise was in decent shape.  Dove the RMS Rhone twice, Wreck Alley
once, Thumb Rock too, and had lunch both days at Cooper Island where we
highly recommend the calamari.

I was put on a boat with two gentlemen from Omaha, NE who had also expected
to have their own private dive boat, dive 4-5 times/day, and were equally
stunned to find that Tony/UBS only does 2 dives per day...period.  As it
was, we three enjoyed ourselves but since diving finished up at 1400, I was
unwilling to dive that late on the day before my flight home, and canceled
my third day of diving, choosing to explore Tortola topside instead.  This
decision was greeted by an incredibly obnoxious email message from Tony
Brunn upon my return to the States. Suffice it to say, his ugly
insinuations and insensitive remarks will not cause me to recommend UBS
Divers to anyone. There are many other dive operators in the BVI.

All-in-all, a nice few days away, sullied by ignorant remarks made to a
one-time customer. I'd like to return to the BVI sometime in the future but
will be looking at other Undercurrent recommendations before doing so.

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