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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, 2011,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 56 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 6177.

Reporter and Travel

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

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 lbs back on boat
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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 My wife, the photographer, had no complaints.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our 4th trip to dive with Brendal at the Green Turtle Club on Green Turtle Cay. Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center, Columbia, SC chartered a 19 passenger plane from Jacksonville, Fla, to Treasure Cay airport ( 1 hour 15 min flight) and then took water taxi over to GTC. The flight was postponed a day due to Tropical Storm Emily, but we made it and were glad we did.

The diving is good, with warm water, fair to good viz, which is about like usual for this time of year (August). There were a good number of sharks and I was pleased that there were more large and medium sized grouper than last few years. Also, the number of Lionfish was lower and Brendal and staff are aggressive if ridding the reefs of these predators. There were a lot of juveniles and small critters and I think the aggressive approach to controlling Lionfish is paying off.

The dive boat is adequate, and is limited to 14 divers. The dives are long, generally 50 feet or so, and Brendal takes pride in finding creatures that divers want to find. He and his staff really do a fine job and they take care of your equipment daily.

The Green Turtle Club is fine for food and accomodations. Our group stayed in duplex units on Turtle Point and these are fine. We get golf carts to travel to the village of New Plymouth (12-15 minutes ride) to eat at several restaurants ( Harvey's, Laura's Kitchen, etc) and these are quite good. Lobster was plentiful, although somewhat pricey in places. Our group had a breakfast package at the club, took a sandwich on the dive boat and had dinner later. The last dive( 2nd) is followed by great rum punch on the way in. We would leave the dock about 9 AM and return about 2:30 PM. Dive sites were generally 30 minutes or so away from the dock.

We will continue to return to Green Turtle Cay to dive with Brendal. He and Mary, his wife, really do a good job. Jack and Tasha, his dive masters were exceptional. They are leaving to go to Toronto and will be missed. This is a "fun" trip and we look forward to returning.
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