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Dive Review of Guam Tropical Dive Station/Marriott in
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Guam Tropical Dive Station/Marriott, Mar, 2003,

by John and Sandra Quick, MI, USA . Report 674.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Roatan, Belize, Florida Keys, assorted other spots in the Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 70 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Given a recommended profile. Mostly did our own thing as crew had their hads full with large number of Asian divers with limited diving skills and even more limited English skills.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We wouldn't necessarily make Guam a dive destination but since we were enroute Truk, Yap and Palau we thought we would stop
to recover from jet lag and check it out. It also afforded us an opportunity to get in the water after 5-6 months and make sure all the
gear was operative before moving on to more remote locales. Diving was okay. Lots of the typical Pacific tropicals.
We didn't encounter any big stuff other than Dolphins on the surface during surface interval. Coral we saw looked beat up. Could
have been from storms and wave action. Saw lots of equipment on the bottom: Anchors, tank treads, ordinance, etc. Evidance
of a strong military prescence.

Read about this operator in Chapbook. It wasn't
our first choice but was the only one that could accomodate us as walk-ins. Pleasant folks. I wouldn't have wanted to be a raw
beginner as their hands were full with a large group of Asian divers who were beginners (or just bad) divers. Lots of flailing about
underwater. Boat was nice. Lunch was provided. Guam was still suffering from the effects of a December 2002 typhoon. Lots
of damage evidant to buildings, trees, etc. A number of rooms in our hotel (Marriott) were still not habitable. This coupled with
the Gulf war, Asian SARS crisis, etc and these folks seem to be hurting! All were pleasant and the Island has some beautiful
beaches and hikes. An around the island drive to check out Pacific war battle sites and memorials was sobering but beautiful.
Definately worth a stop if in the neighborhood.

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