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Dive Review of Sandals in
Antigua

Sandals, Nov, 2003,

by Ken Robertson, Alberta, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 885.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Mexico (both coasts), Galapagos, Panama, Greece, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Fiji, and Canada's West Coast.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny,dry Seas calm,noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Requested divers to stick together as a group; surface once first diver hit 750 psi - not enforced for experienced divers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 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 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments When one's wife is a non-diver, you occasionally end up at places where diving is not the resort's first priority and such is the case at Sandals' Antigua Resort. Having done my research, I had no deluions about the diving in Antigua - the reefs are fairly battered (Sandal's dive boat's careless anchoring destroyed more than one gorgonian while I was there)and there are not a lot of fish, let alone large ones. Certainly those I saw would likely be of interest to new divers though. Knowing what to expect, I took my copy of Paul Humann/Ned Deloach's Reef Coral Identification and worked at learning more about corals and coral diseases. This made the trip both fun and educational! The Sandal's resort is a very nice place to stay, but there are better values to be found in other all-inclusives. The dive operation, with the exception of one instrutor, was one of the weakest I have seen. I took the time to write to the Resort Manager with a list of suggestions for general diver safety. To his credit the guy did respond, but only to tell me that they do everything right and have very stringent safety procedures - ya right! But I guess that's the view from the rose coloured glasses.
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