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Dive Review of Caribbean Divers/Bell Channel Inn in
Bahamas/Grand Bahma Island

Caribbean Divers/Bell Channel Inn, Dec, 2004,

by Tom McNamara, GA, USA . Report 1493.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Presley, the captain and owner of Caribbean Divers, enforced strict depth and time restrictions which turned out to be fairly reasonable. He did insist on guided tours with him or Jerry, his nephew. Unguided tours were not allowed. He refused to allow any wall dives. While not the friendliest team in town, they were not jerks either. They provided a safe, efficient, no-frills service. Caribbean Divers has one boat, a 12 passenger vessel which was very accomodating with the engine below deck so there were no exhaust fumes to deal with and it provided a shaded canopy. Fresh water was provided on board and Presley or Jerry took everyone's BC off after exiting the water and switched tanks for them. Water entry was via a backward roll and exit from the water via an open ladder. Dive sites were about 5 to 10 minutes from the dock and the dock was located at the Bell Channel Inn. Rinse tanks were provided on the dock. All rooms at the Inn were within 100 feet of the dock/boat. Restraurant service was inconsistent at the Inn but the food was excellent and very reasonably priced. The hotel is showing the signs of a salt environment with metal rusting and tiles discolored. But it was safe and relatively clean. Dive sites were spur and groove formations with relatively healthy coral and sharks were seen on 4 out of 6 dives although no rays or turtles were sited and only one spotted moray. Abundant reef fish with large schools of Jacks. Caribbean Divers provides a good value for the no frills crowd. I would do it again.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Belize, Caymans, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Honduras, PR, Turks and Caicos, USVI, US Keys.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 76-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-70 Ft/ 18-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Told to stay with the Dive Master. Strict time/depth restrictions.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 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]
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