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Dive Review of Aquanauts/True Blue Resort in

Aquanauts/True Blue Resort, Dec, 2007,

by Robin Masson, NY, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4346.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars 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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We stayed at True Blue Bay Resort for two weeks. The first week, it was just my husband and me, and we stayed in a Bay View room. Perfect for the two of us. Clean, nicely furnished, well air-conditioned, The second week, we switched to a two-bedroom villa,a 2-level unit, with the kitchen/dining room/living room/balcony upstairs, and the two bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom, downstairs at ground level. The villa was nice looking, but the furniture in the living room was very uncomfortable. The staff at True Blue are lovely, helpful, and do a great job maintaining the place. The restaurant, however, left a lot to be desired. Pricey food, and not very good, with very slow [even by “island time” standards]. We ate elsewhere when we could. The island has several very good restaurants, and we did not go hungry.

Diving with Aquanauts was fantastic. They are very well run, and by the end of the first day, all of them knew us by name, as well as our preferences and needs. There are three boats, and they distribute divers across the boats according to ability and interests, so we were never impeded by newbies, and as photographers were allowed to take our sweet time photographing the many critters and fish.
The reefs are healthy and filled with fish. Many colorful structures & sponges and lots of fans rising about 4-5 feet from the bottom. The reefs are very healthy and chock full of life. None of the bleached or broken coral that we've seen at many other places. We had one big (his back was maybe 2-2 1/2 feet long) turtle who hung out munching on coral and sponges and looking up to mug for the camera, unperturbed by our being only 3-5 feet from it. Northern Exposure was a "drift" dive. We just dropped in, and slowly moved along, checking out the landscape and the life. The reef was teeming with life, and big deep-water sea fans. visibility was pretty good, too. Veronica, which was well-encrusted with sponges, corals, etc., and had lots of fishes living in, on and around it. Best dives: the Shakem wreck and Purple Rain. The wreck had been transporting cement when it foundered on the reef and sank in about 90 feet of water. The bags of cement are still visible in the hold, along with the cargo tarpaulins that had covered them. The wreck is fully covered in corals and sponges, including big deep-water sea fans. Lots of fish making their homes on the wreck. You could still see the ropes coiled neatly, too. Purple Rain is named for the schools of Creole Wrasse that throng the place. It was a really pretty site, with good viz and lots of cool fish. it was on this site that we found a frogfish, which ranks as the picture of the trip. Plenty of colorful sponges and corals and almost no current, just a gentle glide across the reef.
Shark Reef was the best over-all dive of the trip. Lots of stuff! As soon as we dropped into the water, we found ourselves in the middle of a school of Southern Senets, must have been hundreds of them, swarming around us, glittering in the sun. Three nurse sharks (they are docile, and seem to sleep more than pussy cats). One had its head into a hole in a coral head, with the back half of its body lying in the sand -- sort of ostrich-like. Then there were two snuggled into a hold under another coral head snoozing away. Several spotted morays, swimming free out of their holes. There was one territorial battle where one moray wanted the hidey hole of another one, and they duked it out a bit. A pair of French Grunts also did a great territorial display -- facing off, opening their mouths wide trying to scare each other with their mightiness. And an old turtle, with several barnacles on its back cruised all around us, checking us out. Also the usual reef denizens: Spanish hogfish, surgeonfish, lots of trunk fish, cowfish, rock beauties, lobsters, trumpetfish etc. Great dive!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Australia, Thailand, Baja
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no restrictions
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments fresh water bucket on boat; not much space on boat for camera fiddling; 24 hour film processing on island, but they ruined some negs while scanning.
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