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Dive Review of Germain at Marenostrum Expeditions/Oceania ship Marina] in
Chile/Juan Fernandez archipelago

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Germain at Marenostrum Expeditions/Oceania ship Marina], Feb, 2013,

by linda nelson, UT, US ( 2 reports). Report 6868.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We hadn't found anything on the web before we left home, except that the fish were unusual and we assumed there was no dive business on the island. The dive shop had a sign on the pier, luckily, so we raced back to the ship to get our gear.
The $100 per person for one dive included the equipment, and although we used our own mask and computer, the dive gear they provided was very adequate, and fairly new.
The dive boat was a little, but comfortable, motorboat, and getting in after the dive was awkward. The owner, Germain, could not speak English, and my spanish is poor, but we managed.
The diving:great visibility, all rocks covered with coral and a pink/purple coraline coating, lots of lobsters, pretty butterfly fish, an unusual type of glass- eye, lots of wrasse. Good scenery, lots of structure-lots of color. We had to come up too soon, with a half tank of air.
We wished we had more time for a second dive.
Websites Germain at Marenostrum Expeditions   Oceania ship Marina]

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Robinson Crusoe Island, formerly called Mas a Tierra, the largest island in the Chilean Juan Fernandez archipelago.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 58-60°F / 14-16°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 90-100 Ft/ 27-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions we had to go with the dive guide-(owner)which made sense, since we had never been there before.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Due to luggage restrictions, I only had a Lumix point and shoot camera and housing-which was sad, because the area begs for wide angle lenses. The best thing was the endemic fish and lots of lobsters. Unfortunately an overenthusiastic diver who joined us was not good at bouyancy or environmental considerations, so murked the areas where the lobsters hung out, and he always got there first. I did get some OK pics. There was not, to my knowledge a rinse bucket for cameras, so I had to test the o-ring seals in the ocean.
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