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Dive Review of Dive Grenada/Flamboyant Hotel in

Dive Grenada/Flamboyant Hotel, Mar, 2014,

by Ken New, SD, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 7552.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
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 3 stars
Comments The good: this is a well-run operation, both professional and friendly. Very safety-conscious. Dive masters worked very hard to find & show us interesting stuff, & they took really good care of some novice divers who were with us on two of our dives. We dove for 5 days; they took excellent care of our gear each day. When we requested to dive the Bianca C., a deeper wreck, they arranged it for us, & they spent lots of time discussing various sites with us -- we had a good deal of input as to where we dove.

Marine life is fairly prolific in the protected marine conservation area; not so much elsewhere as this is a subsistence-fishing economy. We got lucky and followed four whales for awhile on the way to one dive; also there's a site on the Atlantic side with reliable Nurse Sharks & occasional Reef Sharks; we saw lobsters and free-swimming eels there as well.

And we can't say enough good things about the Hotel Flamboyant. Not only is it super-convenient, as the dive shop is on their grounds, but it's a great place in its own right. We've reviewed it on TripAdvisor if you want more info.

The not-so-good: only one thing -- we really prefer operations that are set up so we can dive our own air consumption. Since many of the dives were a little chilly (I wished I'd brought my 5mm), it was OK some of the time because I was cold & ready to come up. But our day on the Bianca C. was quite warm & we'd have liked to stay longer & drop a little deeper for better photos (the group stayed above 100' & we were beckoned back if we started to drop down), as both our air & nitrogen were well within safe limits.

What we wish we'd known: the dive limits. Considering how friendly and accommodating the staff was, I think that if we'd known to discuss this with them before our trip, we could have probably found some compromise. If we return (which is likely!), we'll definitely do this.
Websites Dive Grenada   Flamboyant Hotel

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Micronesia, Hawaii, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 75-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-65 Ft/ 9-20 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with the dive master; short stops for photos were OK. Dives 45-50 minutes in length, no matter what your air consumption.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments We only had an iPhone in an iGills case (larger camera inadvertently left at home). There was a rinse bucket onboard but no other camera-specific facilities.
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