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Dive Review of Aquanauts Grenada/Villa Beachcliff in
Grenada

Aquanauts Grenada/Villa Beachcliff, Jun, 2014,

by David Andel, IL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 7638.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Dive operation was Aquanauts located at the True Blue Bay Resort, located on the southern portion of the island, a few minutes from the airport. Gerlinda, owner’s wife was excellent to communicate with and set up all of the dives and cost via email. We did five days of 2 tank morning dives, the cost was very competitive, and Nitrox was included FREE in all dives. Aquanauts have three dive boats a 12 pass., 18 pass., and 24 pass. We were on all three throughout the week, they all were well outfitted and in great condition, with camera tank, mask tank, water, DAN oxygen. Between dives, fresh fruit and local tea was provided, on two days after the final dive Rum punch was available. Boat captain - Bugsy was professional and a great conversationalist describing the island history and points of interest. The dive briefings were the most thorough we have experienced, well developed with a large laminated overview of the dive site. On all dives a dive master or two were in the water with you. The dive masters that dove with us the majority of the week were Floyd and Reese they both were extremely professional and personable. In the water they took time to spot critters and check on air consumption and followed safety stops. Most of the dives took place in the waters around the capital of St. George. A lot of the were on ship wrecks, including Veronica, Fiona, Hildur, Rum Runner, and the Bianca C; depths ranged from 100’ to 115’. Second dives were on shallower reefs, 50’ to 70’. Not a lot of big pelagics, but saw green eels, grouper, spotted eels, barracudas, octopus, squid, reef fish, and the highlights were a frog fish and a white spotted sea horse. A ton of schooling fish, some of the best we have seen in the Caribbean. The reefs were in excellent conditions, with coral, sea fans and barrel sponges; one of the best was Flamingo Bay. The sculpture marine park was excellent with numerous sculptures in a shallow 2nd dive. I would rate this operation as one of the best we have dived in the Caribbean.
We stayed at Villa Beachcliff (www.grenadavillabeachcliff.com), located on the far southern tip of the island, taking Lance Aux Pines road from the main airport road. The Villa was only ten minutes from the dive shop. The Villa met all of our expectations; the pictures were accurate and reflected exactly how the Villa appears. The price is the same regardless of how many stay, from two to eight. The owner, Rick Feld was proactive in his communication via email and when we made our final decision to stay coordinated a phone call to answer any and all questions, we sent a list of provisions, which was waiting for us the first night we got there. American Airlines only has one flight into the island that arrives around 9:00pm. He coordinated a rental Jeep with Ray at Parkey’s Jeep Rental (good price and well maintained vehicle) and met us at the airport upon arrival. Our wives went with him to the villa, while we went with Ray to the police station to get our temporary drivers license. (Remember driving is on the left and the driver in on the right) The villa accommodates 8 people, with two King Bed rooms on the main living level and two queen bedrooms off the lower pool. There is also another pool on the south side of the house, off the main level. All bedrooms have in-suite bathrooms, television, safes and mini fridges. The entire Villa has both 110 and 220, no need to bring adaptors. There were four of us and we stayed in the two king suites (nutmeg and cinnamon). We ate breakfast off the main living room and spent every evening on the pergola, enjoying the constant breeze from the Atlantic side while watching the sunset in the Caribbean. There is the constant sound of breaking waves, which really gives you the ocean feel. The villa is well appointed and had numerous nooks to view the Atlantic or Caribbean from the front or back of the house. Rick’s wife was out of the country, so he recommended Kim, a chef at Calabash, who came to the house and cooked two delicious meals. We ate out at The Aquarium, The Beach House, and The Cave House at Mount Hartman Bay Estates, which I would highly recommend. On our final night Rick recommended a local talent, Sabrina and the Navigators who was performing at the La Phare Bleu. The meal and music were fantastic. Remember to pack a pair of slacks. Most upscale restaurants require you to wear pants. There was a grocery store nearby to stock up on food and drinks. Rick took us on an island tour early in the week, driving all the way to the far northern point of the island. We enjoyed lunch at Petite Anse Hotel, with a great view of Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. We made stops at the Clark’s Court Rum Distillery, Belmont Estate Cocoa plantation, Bend in the Road Bar and went through the rainforest to the forest preserve. We stopped to feed bananas to the wild Mona monkeys, none were out, but later in the week we went back and were able to feed them bananas as they took them out of our hands to eat. This trip, location and villa exceeded all of our expectations, would highly recommend this property for both divers and non-divers!

Websites Aquanauts Grenada   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Ambergis Caye Belize, Bonaire, Curacau, Little Cayman, Dominica, Grand Turk, Montserrat, Saba, and the Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Inform dive master when at 1500psi and 750.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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