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Dive Review of Dive Grenada/Villa 8 Mt. Cinnamon in

Dive Grenada/Villa 8 Mt. Cinnamon, Jan, 2013,

by Robin A Masson, NY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 6882.

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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 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is a nice little operation located on the beach of the Flamboyant Hotel on the end of Grand Anse. We stayed next door at Mt. Cinnamon, and were entitled to free gear rental as a result. Rental gear was in good condition. The DM and boat captains were excellent, personable, and made for fun excursions. As a result of stormy weather, it was too choppy to get into the boat from the beach (no dock), so they hired a taxi to take us to the yacht club and back each day. The boat is adequate for 8 divers (max is 8), but more comfortable when only 6. They give a brief briefing consisting of boat exit/entry procedures and maximum depth. We have to stay in the group, and all come up when the first person hits 750#, which was a bit of a disappointment for me, since I almost always came up with 1000#, even using a 60ci tank! Surface intervals were on the boat in a calm cove, and they served juice and cookies. They were happy to let me hand my gear up before climbing the ladder in deference to my arthritic knees; the ladder is nice and wide and stable, even in choppy water. We had to reserve our spots in advance and give a credit card to guarantee, but as it turned out, one of our party didn't dive two of the three days reserved and they didn't charge us for his missed days.

Conditions were not as good as the last time we dove in Grenada, due to storms that churned up the water. But the reefs are healthy, and there are lots of fish. We saw a sea horse and several sting rays and turtles, along with the usual reef denizens. Grenada instituted a protected marine park about a year ago, in which no fishing is allowed and no anchors and they are already seeing a resurgence of fish, both large and small, in those ares. Helen and Phil were a delight, and we'd be happy to dive with them again if we come back to Grenada.
Websites Dive Grenada   Villa 8 Mt. Cinnamon

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, Baja California.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions stay with group; group started safety stop when first member hit 750#
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
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 They put a big plastic tub or two of fresh water on the boat for cameras, but each one had only enough room for one big housing and a small housing with strobes attached. Fortunately, with a max of 8 divers, it was ok, as most divers didn't have cameras.
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