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Dive Review of Robert's Grove "The Inn" in

Robert's Grove "The Inn", Apr, 2008,

by Kerri Conatser, OK, US ( 1 report). Report 4048.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Traveled to Placencia/Robert's for a Belize medical mission and a continuing medical education program with the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. The college had previous history of problems with this resort and had written them off; although, becuse of location near the medical mission the college gave the resort "one more try". After this experience they have vowed NOT to return. All participants had difficulties with their charges.
At best the dive operation was marginal. Because of "Whale Shark" season (that they provided a large boat for a mix of approx 30 snorklers and divers at a time) the non-whale shark divers were afforder little attention. All regular dives were 45-60 minutes, on rough seas, away from the dive shop. All dives were drift. There is a $40/person charge for use of the "National Parks". Also, upon our departure the dive operation attempted to add an additional charge because of the recent increase in fuel prices (eventhough we had booked and paid for a dive package a month prior).
The night dive was a awful. It too was a drift dive. No glow sticks or other equipment lighting was provided. For those divers who did not have their own lights - the dive operation only provided a single, small light source. Because of the drift the dive boat almost went ashore -- that lead to an extended wait in the dark, rough waters looking for a boat with NO lights. Most problematic was that the dive boat had NO running lights (or lights of any kind). When approaching the channels close to the dive shop the Dive Master took off a stobe from his dive gear and held it up so that the boat would have some sort of lighting. It was frightening.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Grand Turk, Cozumel, Cayman Brac, Maui
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-70 Ft/ 3-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were drift and the only really inforced restriction was that you have only 500 lbs of air left before going to surface. The dive masters we somewhat inattentive to the divers, especially the divers with minimal experience.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments No dunk tank or fresh water available on dive boat
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