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Dive Review of Dockyard Divers in

Dockyard Divers, Jan, 2011,

by Marty Kalb, OH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 5894.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I have had 20 years of diving experience at numerous sites in the Caribbean. For me the best diving is at Cozumel but Antigua was selected this time to see something different. My wife is not a diver but she likes to snorkel so we try and find a place that hopefully has both. The waters off Pineapple Beach Resort at Long Bay received praise from former guests about the good snorkeling so we picked that all inclusive resort. Food was good the staff very friendly accommodations very good especially in the ocean view 500 rooms. The snorkeling was indeed good. I read about the various dive operations on Antigua from their web sites and selected Dockyard Divers based on the length of time they had been in business. After arriving at Nelsen's Dock Yard where Dock Yard Divers is located I discovered that it is really a one man operation. Tony Fincham is the whole business. Tony is an expat Brit. He is engaging and very concerned about doing the best he can for you. He claims to have had decades of sailing boat building and diving experience in both the Pacific and the Caribbean.If you need it he can rent all the gear you want. Diving with Tony is what scuba diving was like in its earliest days. He has a small 18 foot wooden hulled open boat with space for about 4 divers. Of course there is no head and Tony does not provide any thing to eat or drink between dives. He ties up to a mooring or sets an anchor, gives a briefing about what the site is like geographically and geologically and you and he do a back roll into the sea. When you finish the dive he gets out first lowers a small single pole ladder assists you with your gear as you get back into the boat. My first day with Tony was just the two of us. On the second day there was one more diver. We were all on computers. Each dove more or less where we wanted I take lots of photographs and we agreed to exit together. Each dive lasted about 45 minutes. The dive site was just outside of English Harbor near what locals call the Pillars of Hercules.All the dives for the two days I was there were at or near this site. The sea was just much too rough to venture further out. The sea was choppy with strong surge. We were about 100 yards from shore. Antigua does not get strong praise for scuba diving so I was not expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised. The vis was OK about 25-50 feet.Water temp 78F. This site has many large boulders covered with very healthy coral. Large numbers of typical reef fish in schools and on their own,lobsters turtle sting ray and lots of small stuff. What was unique was swimming under the surge which was clearly visible over head as waves smashed against the shore. What pleased me was the health and variety of coral, and the really large number of reef fish. Given time this area will get better and better.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving 20+ years throughout the Caribbean. Bonair, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, St.Croix, Virgin Gorda, Curacao, Barbados,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas surge
Water Temp 78-78°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-50 Ft/ 8-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The sites did not exceed 80 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The proprietor of Dock Yard Divers is Tony Fincham who is very interested in UWP. However his boat has no facilities dedicated to dealing with UWP equipment
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