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Dive Review of Brendals Dive Center in
Bahamas/Abacos, Green Turtle Cay

Brendals Dive Center, Aug, 2009,

by Tripp Jones, SC, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 56 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 4991.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Caymans, Belize, Australia, Turks and Caicos, Roatan, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Kitts, Grenada, St. Lucia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge, no currents
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computer limits, usually dive as a group, relatively shallow.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments OK

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC, returned again to Green Turtle Cay, staying at the Green Turtle Club and diving with Brendal's Dive Center. We flew from Jacksonville to Marsh Harbor and took taxis to Treasure Cay to catch the ferry to Green Turtle. The rooms were fine and we ate breakfast every AM at the Green Turtle Club and took box lunches on the two-dive days. We started about 9:00 or so and did two dives each day. The water temp was 82-84 and viz was OK. We had a number of sharks on each dive, usually 3-5 and sometimes 8 or so, including a couple of lemon sharks. The boat is OK, and can accomodate our 14 divers OK. We would return to the shop between 2-3 pm each day and had a picnic the last day.

One thing that we noticed was a marked decrease in the number of lionfish. Brendal and Mary have been leaders in trying to stop the spread of lionfish in Green Turtle and surrounding islands. The number of juvenile reef fish seemed to be larger than last year, when there were numerous lionfish on each dive. The "Lionfish Roundup" held in June netted about 1500 or so lionfish and these were studied by scientists and educational leaders and will hopefully let us know more about these invasive tropical fish who have no known predators. This was done in a 24 hour permit.
I applaud Brendal and Mary for their efforts.

A golf cart is needed to get around the small island of Green Turtle Cay. There are several good restaurants with plenty of lobsters. Miss Emily's, the Green Turtle Club, Laura's, and Harvey's are good local restaurants.

The dives were up to 95 minutes in length and there was a lot to see. This is easy diving and warm water, no current, and lots of fishlife make this a good place to go and we will return.

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