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Dive Review of Brendal's Dive Center/Green Turtle Club in
Bahamas/Green Turtle Cay

Brendal's Dive Center/Green Turtle Club, Aug, 2010,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 56 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 5651.

Reporter and Travel

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

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back on boat with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments My wife was satisfied.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our third trip to dive with Brendal's on Green Turtle Cay. Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC drove to Jacksonville and chartered a plane to Treasure Ca, which took an hour and 10 minutes. We took a ferry to GTC, which took about 15 minutes. We rented golf carts, which is a necessity, and drove to the Green Turtle Club, about 10 minutes away. The rooms on Turtle Point are comfortable and quite adequate.

We ate breakfast at the Club, beginning about 7:30 AM, and the dive boat leaves at about 9:00 AM. The boat holds 14 divers and is comfortable. We did two dives daily, and these are shallow (35-55 feet) and long (96 minutes my longest). We return about 2:00 pm. Dinner is usually in town, about 15 minutes by golfcart, and is quite good generally. The shopping is limited, but two grocery stores are adequate for the basics. The town is small, but interesting to tour by golf cart.

The visibility was 30-60 feet, and the water is warm. Brendal does a fantastic job in finding small critters and goes the extra mile in finding interesting things. Jack and Tasha are very good divemasters who help on the boat and in the water. The coral is good, and the fish life is very good. We saw sharks, grouper, rays, and fewer lionfish than we saw in previous trips. To me, the better that lionfish are controlled, then the more juvenile fish we see on the reefs. I think we had more juveniles on the reefs this year.

On the final day of diving, we end up with a picnic on a beach. Brendal does a fantastic job with lobsters and fish, including lionfish, which I did not realize could be as delicious as it was.

This is one of my favorite trips. The combination of a nice place to stay, great island with friendly people, and a great dive operation run by people who care about your vacation is unbeatable and this is definitely a return trip.
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