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Dive Review of Reef Gliders in

Reef Gliders, Feb, 2007,

by Dawn Neely, MT, USA . Report 3230.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Reef Gliders is owner operated – a professional, friendly, laid back dive shop. All dives are right out the back of the shop and most are within 5 – 10 minutes by boat. The boats carried a maximum of 10 divers, including guides. Everyone was really nice, helpful. They sent out one guide (instructors or divemasters) for each 3 divers and sometimes several small groups would go together on the boat but dive separate areas, this always worked out perfectly. Some dives were done with the boat moored but many were gentle drifts through reef channels and along walls. The water is a crystal turquoise blue, the air temps were 80˚ – 86˚F with sunny days and light island breezes. Not as much fish life as I expected for a marine preserve. Colorful Caribbean reef fish, banded coral shrimp, porcupine fish, porgy, spotted eels, big green moray eels, lots of lobster, channel king crab, box crab, neck crab, arrow crab in colorful fields of coral, anemones, a variety of sponges, sea feathers and sea fans. We saw hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, nudibranchs, lizardfish, octopus, toadfish, and fireworms. On the trips back and forth in the boat we sometimes saw large schools of silvery fish jumping and flipping at the surface, flying fish, and a couple of times we saw Anthony’s Key’s dolphins out for a romp. Also dove Anthony’s Key Resort – specifically to dive with their dolphins. The dolphin swim and snorkel is better. Dove with Subway Watersports at Mary’s Place, good outfit, divemaster opted not to take us thru tempting channels as two of the group did not have good buoyancy. Stayed at Hidden Garden Cabins, clean, secure, good value. Sand flies and mosquitoes easily deterred with DEET; bugs were much worse on other side of the island. I ate with caution and had no problems; only ate salads, fruit, etc at restaurants that the dive shop recommended – great food, good prices. Cooked foods good everywhere. Other divers were not as fortunate, about half I met had some gastro-intestinal upsets during their vacations.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Oregon coast, Canyon Ferry, Kaui, Maui
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational diving limits, 60 minutes/dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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