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Dive Review of Sunn Odyssey Divers/Flamingo Bay in
Bahamas/Freeport/Lucaya GBI

Sunn Odyssey Divers/Flamingo Bay, Aug, 2005,

by Bruce Wallace, IN, USA . Report 1995.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Sunn Odyssey Divers is best DO in Bahamas. Very personal service, excellent equipment, no more than 10 divers on boat that is rated for 20, PADI/IDC operator with excellent staff and personality.

The Bahamas and Sharks go hand in hand. Sunn Odyssey, unlike Xanadu and UNESCO, does not do shark feeding dives - Nick drops you into Shark Junction where the reef sharks hang out between feedings. This is pure excitment, unbridled and uncontrolled. Usually 12 to 15 sharks in the area and very curious about divers - this is truly a "Close Encounter" dive. Photo ops are very up close and personal.

Theo's Wreck is well known and always exciting at 110 feet at rudder and 10 meters from edge of the abyss. Large sandy bottom with hundreds of yellow headed jaw fish to photo. Could do entire dive on jaw fish antics. Wrecks and coral dives are unlimited with over 40 bouy-marked dive sites off the south side of Grand Bahama Island.

Flamingo Bay Resort and Marina rebuilt after 2004 hurricanes and all is well at the resort. Nice accomodations and staff is very friendly. Need rental car ($125/wk) to get around island (drive on left), but there are all the amenities.

GBI has the "Welcome" sign out with many air/hotel/dive packages. You won't do much better for the buck. Sunn Odyssey Divers is the best operation in the Bahamas for personal service, equipment, small number of divers, PADI instruction and excellent dive sites.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cancun, Cayman, Cuba, Florida, Greece, Guadeloupe, Saba, St. Barths, St. Maarten, Turkey, USVI
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 85-90°F / 29-32°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with Buddy and no less than 200 psi back in boat
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Freeport/Lucaya has all the photo shops and cyber cafes for film and digital work. DO has separate tub for cameras - strictly enforced!
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