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Dive Review of Barbados Blue Dive Shop/Barbados Hilton in

Barbados Blue Dive Shop/Barbados Hilton, Aug, 2005,

by Gary W Wenzel, NH, USA . Report 2780 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving Barbados was a great wonderful surprise! Barbados Blue has a great facility for storing your gear and tries in every way to accomodate your needs. I always bring all my dive gear and only ask for weights and air but their equipement appears in to be in great shape. 2 great dive guides are Robert and "G". Roger knows how to run the boat and is always there to help handing you your camera after your back roll. They have 2 boats. One is a large catarmaran and another is perhaps 30 feet. Max. divers were 8 and they would split you up with 2 dive guides.
The West coast is calm and hot! East coast Atlantic side is wild and not often available for diving. The dive shop is on the property of the Hilton at Needham's Point located at the end between the Atlantic and the Caribbean. The amount of tropicals found there are amazing! The reefs are very healthy with no bleaching. For me, the best time is April and May when the Hawkbill turtles come ashore to nest. On nearly every dive, I would see 3-5 turtles and what makes them so great is they allow you to get close to them, whether they are sleeping, cruising or eating unlike many other Caribbean Islands where the turtles take off as soon as they see you. Sting rays of all sizes are abundant with no sharks seen, along with many trumpet and coronet fish and occasional baracudas. While underwater, you will experience brackish water [Atlantic water meeting the Caribbean water] where the temp drops 10 deg. and everything is blurry but that will last only for 5-10 seconds. This is a real interesting experience. Infront of the dive shop and next to the Hilton is Carlisle Bay. There you will find at least 6 sunken boats that are easy to penetrate and dive. A very quiet,sandy bottom with not too much coral but loads of creatures. Great for the 2nd dive because the deepest spot I found was 52 feet. Snorklers also go there through the dive shop. I am the only diver in my family so this is important for other members. You will be infromt of the Malibu Rum factory, Malibu Beach and just a beautiful spot.
There are a constant changes of water conditions from easy, to gliding along and then flying with the scenery always changing. It's terrific with no chance of boredom. If you are really interested in learning about the marine life as a snorkler or diver, they have the only marine biologist in Barbados on staff at the dive shop, Andre Miller Msc.
This was a wonderful place with great diving for me and the hotel along with so many great restaurants makes this dive destination better than most in the islands for me and my non-diving family.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Truck Lagoon, Beqa & Taveuni, Fiji, Guam, Rota, Hawaii, Bonaire, Curacao, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Derawan, Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]Plan your dive and dive your plan. No problems just follow your computer. Dives ranged from 40ft to 120 ft.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Water rinse tank provided for camers. If there were beginners on board they would provide, usually Robert,my dive guide, to swim with me only so that I would have the best opportunity for videos. They would drop Robert and I on the deeper side of the reef and drop the less experienced others on the more shallow side
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