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deepsix2

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Substantive Differences Between Caribbean Dive Locations
« on: November 20, 2015, 21:07:33 UTC »
I just got back from Cozumel and loved it. My only prior experience in that general region was Roatan about four years ago. I did not consider the diving to be markedly different between the two locations,but Cozumel was easier to get to and a better overall deal in my estimation. My prior diving trips were to The Philippines, Fiji, Truk, Hawaii and Baja. Cozumel is a lot closer than the South Pacific and a lot cheaper. My question to you more experienced travelers:

What are some real, substantive differences between Caribbean dive locations?


I don't mind spending money and time, but I don't want to waste money and time either. Are places like The Caymans, ABC's, Tobago, etc. all about the same??

maydivers

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Re: Substantive Differences Between Caribbean Dive Locations
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2015, 22:39:07 UTC »
You dive the Philippines & Fiji!!! I've read those are spectacular places. The cost of getting there is beyond my paycheck. As for the Caribbean just read up on the reader reports & you will find a wide variety of choices. As for my wife & I we just returned from Grand Island, Bahamas. Without paying to dive with sharks, this was our first encounter with six grey sharks who came in & inspected us for about fifteen minutes. This has been the only time ( other than Nurse sharks) we have ever encountered sharks in the wild. We have dove Cozumel four times & it is getting busier & more crowded each time. Grand Cayman (East End) had extreme visibility but their boats were filled to maximum 20 each day. We like small boats & small groups. I know they are in it to make a living, but cattle boating just isn't very much fun. Puerto Rico was beautiful, but you have to go across the island to get away from the crowds. These are just a few & there are many others who can provide more insight for your travels. Dive safe & dive often. Maydivers/ Rifle, Co. USA.

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Re: Substantive Differences Between Caribbean Dive Locations
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2015, 02:46:11 UTC »
Hi deepsix2,

The high voltage sites in Tobago (e.g., Washing Machine, Heart Attack Alley, Bookends) are quite substantively different from typical Carib diving, but they are for fit & experienced divers only & ops will only take groups of appropriate divers to do them.

While technically not the Carib, not that far away the Sea of Cortez out of La Paz, MX also has some unique sites of a type not found in the Carib (e.g., Los Islotes, El Bajo) for the experienced diver.

Cheers,

DocVikingo
« Last Edit: November 26, 2015, 02:53:55 UTC by DocV »

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Re: Substantive Differences Between Caribbean Dive Locations
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2015, 15:00:15 UTC »
For Docvikingo, My wife and I are planning a trip to Tobago in Jan. Our location will be in Black Rock but a lot of divers post that the dive site are better up north at Speyside. I e-mailed a dive operator in Crownpoint that said he could not substantiate if the diving was better or not up north. They do however have operations at both towns. Could you elaborate a little more on the dive sites? Thanks, Kevin.

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Re: Substantive Differences Between Caribbean Dive Locations
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2015, 21:19:43 UTC »
I have dived Tobago x3, and the best of the high-voltage Speyside sites, provided that the dive op will take you after observing you, are far more challenging, far less dived & just plain more interesting. OTOH, it is much less developed up there than Crownpoint, so don't expect high-end restaurants, casinos, shopping, etc.

Cheers,

DocVikingo

 

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