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Dive Review of NOA Plongee in
Guadeloupe/Saint Francois

NOA Plongee, Feb, 2011,

by Neil Burgess, NF, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 6811.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Atlantic Canada, Great Lakes, Cozumel, Yucatan cenotes, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions follow divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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 [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments My wife and I did 2 boat dives with NOA Plongee. They were a typical small dive operation with staff that didn't seem to be focused on customer satisfaction. They just seemed to be going through the motions and collecting our money. They have a good 26' RHIB Zodiac that makes a fine dive boat. The conditions were rough the day we dove, with 5' swell. We dove near the south-eastern point of Guadeloupe (La Pointe des Châteaux) in strong surge. The fish abundance and variety were much lower than at the Cousteau Reserve in Basse-Terre. The dive sites were open to the prevailing winds, so rough conditions were not unusual. We were underwhelmed with this dive operator. Perhaps we caught them on a bad day? On a calmer day, the dive sites around Désirade might be better? My suggestion would be to dive at the Cousteau Reserve or Les Saintes instead.
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