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Dive Review of Aquanauts Dive Center in
Grenada

Aquanauts Dive Center, Jul, 2008,

by Tripp Jones, SC, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 56 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 4237.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Truk, Cozumel, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Lucia, St.Kitts, Roatan, Caymans
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computer diving, nitrox
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

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

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was the second "Mystery" trip for our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC, and none of us (22) had ever been to Grenada. Going through Montego Bay and Kingston Airports is like having a root canal without anywone considering an anesthetic. I now know why it is called Jamaican "jerk" sauce. Once landing in Grenada, the airport personell and immigration were good compared to most carribean points of entry.

True Blue Bay Resort is a pretty, clean and well run operation. The rooms were very clean and the restaurant on site,the Dodgery Dock, was acceptable. The continental breakfast was included in our package and was ok.

Aquanauts is a well run operation. The boats were clean, the nitrox was consistent and the crew, by and large, was good. Paul and Bruce are experienced and run a good operation. Some ancillary crew needed some encouragement, but in a day or two, they stepped up as instructed.

The diving was poor the first two days, with one dive being a drift dive, with poor viz. Two wrecks, the Veronica L and Shakem were OK, and no current on them.

On day #3, we dived the Bianca C. Paul went down, tied a line to the wreck at about 117 feet and we went down the line. I had read that there was a lot of current, but we had none down to the wreck and none on the wreck. Viz was about 50 feet on the wreck and was interesting, especially with the size of the wreck. Leaving the wreck, we saw 3 large spotted eagle rays on way to a reef.

The reefs were generally good and Shark Reef, and Flamingo Bay were really good, with several octopi (good size), green,chain,spotted and golden morays, and most everything we usually see.

Our group took an island tour and this was really nice. I certainly would not drive the across island rainforest road myself. It is beautiful, but I'll leave the driving to a local tour guide.

I would go out to eat in the evenings, and no better place than the "Beach House" and ate one night at "Patrick's" which was an experience, but the food was local, plentiful and quite delicious. Bugsy, the boat captain, set this up for us.

One nice thing about Grenada is that the people were extremely friendly, probably as nice as anyone we've met in the Carribean.

All in all, I would like to go back to Grenada and stay again at the True Blue and dive with Aquanauts. It really is an undiscovered jewel in the Carribean. We were told that American Airlines will start a direct flight from Miami to Grenada in November, and if true, that is a major "plus" by not having to go through Jamaica.





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