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Dive Review of Eco dive and trek/coyaba beach resort in

Eco dive and trek/coyaba beach resort: "Beautiful island, ok diving;", May, 2016,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 66 reports with 24 Helpful votes). Report 8922 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Our dive group of 20 from Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC flew thru Atlanta to Grenada for a week of diving. The island is beautiful & we had been once before in 2008. Our hotel, Coyoba Beach Resort is fine for divers. The rooms are clean & the staff is friendly & accomodating. The electricity is 220 volts so a converter is needed for electronics, etc. The breakfast is buffet style & is good. We ate next door at Umbrella's Bar & Grill which is excellent. Patrick's & The Beach House were other excellent local choices. A good grocery store is across the street & convenient for beer, rum, cheese, etc.
The dive operation, Eco Dive & Trek is onsite & had 2 boats, 1 a catamaran, but were ok, other than no oxygen or emergency kits on board. The diving is ok at best. The fish life was good, but only 2 rays & 2 turtles all week. Viz was 10-60 feet, & all dives had current & were drift dives. I really did not like all having to go down together & all coming up together. The dive master forgot to bring his fins on one day !! The water temp was 82 degrees & a rash guard was comfortable. Tank fills were inconsistent, & there was a problem with understanding our dive master with his native dialect. We could always understand Hansel, our boat captain, who did a great job with picking up divers scattered around at the end of a dive. He was most helpful.
Boats picked us up from shore, waist to chest deep & were to leave 9:00 am but was closer to 9:20 am & afternoon dives were to leave at 1:30, but it was usually 2:30 -2:45 pm leaving, then returning 4:00-4:30 pm. It gets dark early, usually 6:00-6:30 pm so there wasn't a lot of time to hang around the pool.
Leaving the island was a hassle at the Delta counter with no one really understanding how to check in a group, with excuses like "you can pick up your boarding pass in Atlanta, etc. & the system won't let me print your boarding pass."
We were screened several times, with security going thru my carry on twice. The second time, the staff could not find security to rescreen me while everyone on the plane boarded.
My wife & I have TSA Precheck, but no help in Grenada. We also have Global Entry which is fine in Immigration in Atlanta, but any benefit is lost when having to recheck your bags since they " do not have the staff to handle TSA Precheck" so waiting in line with 500 other people to go thru security again is a total waste of time. Our plane landed at 7:44 pm & we got to our gate & boarded for Columbia at 9:39 pm.
Somehow TSA & the Atlanta Airport personnel have got to get this better, since right now it is a mess. The time & expense of going thru TSA Precheck & Global Entry is not worthwhile if they cannot expedite travelers returning internationally in the present system. The airport contract employees seemed overwhelmed in many instances to be able to handle this onslaught of international arrivals in Atlanta. Hopefully, these delays can be overcome. We all want safety in our airline travels, but efficiency can be improved.
We love Grenada, but the diving is just ok at best.
Websites Eco dive and trek   coyaba beach resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, Truk, Australia, etc.
Closest Airport 5 miles Getting There Delta from Atlanta; ok, but hassles in airport on return.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-60 Ft/ 3-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 50 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Had to ask for a camera bucket to be brought on boat. Difficult to hand camera down to diver from boat with brisk currents.
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