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Dive Review of Aquanauts Grenada/True Blue in

Aquanauts Grenada/True Blue, Mar, 2008,

by Don Hoft, MA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4019.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments My non-diving mate and I have visited this lovely island 4-5 times thru the years and each time I have dived regularly with Aquanauts divers. It has been a pleasure to watch them develop and improve thru the years. They have become a well run, professional operation that is fun to dive with. The overall experience is great. The owners, Peter and Gerlinda are very much in evidence and the staff are capable and fun to be with. DM's Paul and Bruce have been with them "forever", both are pro's. This trip we spent three weeks on the island at True Blue Hotel, with me diving roughly half that time. 3 good boats, clean well equiped, with a head and shower.
Diving varies from good to very good, with the best sites on the south (Atlantic) side of the island (not always accessible), but with lots of interest on the lea side. Wrecks are a big plus here, the King Mitch and HemaII are excellent dives (south), both at approx 100'. On these the growth is excellent, with sightings of sharks, and eagle rays, 4-5 at a time are usual. They are fairly large (100' +) and fun dives. On the lea side the famous Bianca C, the largest in the Caribbean at 600' is always popular. Often the current flows such that you can drift over the entire wreck, across the rising sand and up slowly on a reef before hitting your safety stop. Shakum is also popular. Viz is usually around 35-50' on the wrecks. Many of the reefs are very healthy, fish numbers are typical Caribbean, but sightings of interesting life is common, i.e. interesting sea worms, nudibrancs, baby nurse sharks, juvenile drums, and others. .
The overall "package"; the island, hotel, dive operation and the diving is well worth the effort/cost.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Most Caribbean islands, Pacific, mid-east, indian ocean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-70 Ft/ 9-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy, 130 ft, experience dictates amount of control. Very mature handling.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Large camara tank aboard boats, crew handled camaras carefully. More than adaquate overall.
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