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Dive Review of Caribbean Divers in

Caribbean Divers: "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", Nov, 2015,

by Dr Ronald Presutti, OH, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8586 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments First the good:
You are promptly picked up at your resort and driven to the marina in a clean comfortable van so no auto is necessary, a provided service that is convenient. The dive boat is not a cattle boat, we had ten divers aboard that were split into two groups so there was no crowding during gearing up or in the water. Although the first dive profile allowed us 60 feet for 45 minutes, it wasn't strictly enforced. My wife and I were the first in and the last out, surpassing sixty minutes after the mandatory decompression stop. After the first dive I noticed one of the dive masters checking our residual tank pressure, between 900 and 1,000 psi. Satisfied, our second dive he never inquired about out air and allowed us to dive longer and freer. The dives were escorted dives but not shoulder to shoulder, we were allowed to spread out and tag along rather than following closely. Frequently for me that makes a better dive.
We dove Shark Alley but didn't feed the sharks, still there were seven large sharks within ten yards of us immediately. They circled us for quite a while before finally peeling off one by one as they knew there was no food to be provided. Tame enough that a hand out as they brushed pass us didn't bother them. Other dive shops charge extra for the Shark Alley dive but Caribbean Divers do not.

The Bad,
If you don't like dive masters feeding fish, close your eyes when he jumps in. After gathering up our group on the first dive, he turned his back, opened up crackers, and immediately has a swarm of fish surrounding him. He started the dive with this school of fish swimming, surrounding him as they eat the crackers.
During the boat surface interval, water is the only provided refreshment, no fruit, no snacks. So be prepared if you are the type that likes to kick back and munch on something between dives.

The Ugly: My wife has a new wet suit, the dive master came up and asked her if it was new. She acknowledged to the fact that it was new. Then he asked how much weight on the belt she would need. If he would have stopped and read our registration he would have known that we spent the month of February in Bequia and Union Island diving and knew exactly how much weight was needed, 12 lbs. But being female with a new wet suit, when he thought we weren't looking, he slipped two pounds of weight into her BC pocket. Two months later, I'm still furious with such a dangerous and unprofessional act. I took it out of her BC and placed it on the floor of the boat.
When diving Shark Alley, the dive master poked a shark that had gotten close with his knife. They weren't bothering anyone or aggressive, I think he just wanted to see the reaction from our group. Mine was just an eye roll.

Would i dive with them again? I'm sitting on the fence with this one but I think so. They allowed us to dive with freedom and unrestricted as long as we didn't disappear. It was a small group and uncrowded although the dive master never stopped once to point anything out of interest. But: the fish feeding, the shark knife poking, and the dumping of extra weights have me concerned.
Caveat Emptor

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Union Island, Bequia, Turneffe Island, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Dominica, Roatan, Coiba, Panama, Saba, Tobaga, Grand Turk, Costa Rica, Little Corn Island, San Andres Island, Costa Rica, Etc
Closest Airport Freeport Getting There Direct flight from Miami

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-70 Ft/ 18-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay in the group and in sight
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 N/A Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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