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Dive Review of Reef House Resort in

Reef House Resort, Mar, 2007,

by Marco Accattatis, NJ, 07307 (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4189.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My wife and I stayed at the Reef House Resort for a week and overall we enjoyed our stay. The resort is rustic and it is mainly geared toward divers. Situated on a small cay off the town of Oak Ridge, the Reef House Resort does not offer much to do but dive. Larry, his wife, his daughter and his son in law are great hosts and did everything they could to make our trip memorable. The menus are geared towards American patrons and for good reason.

The dive operation is very good even though the boats could use some upgrading. One of the boats was pretty old and the exhaust fumes made a few people sea sick during our stay (me included). The trade winds were blowing all week at a pretty steady pace. This, while keeping the bugs at bay, affected considerably our diving experience. Because of the trade winds, the seas were rough most of the time and on a few occasions dives were either delayed, shortened, or cancelled (such as the sole night dive and the trip to Mary's Place). On the last couple of days the dive boats kept going back to the closest dive sites due to the rough seas. My wife and I could do only one shore dive during the entire week.

The divemasters could use a little more discretion when grouping people. Absolute beginners who would run out of air very quickly almost daily were put together with experienced divers thus shortening the dives for everyone. The dive sites are great. Mostly wall dives. I enjoyed the fact that we didn't see another dive boat during the entire week. Not much fish life going on due to overfishing by the villagers but great variety of critters. All in all, my wife and I will probably go back during a different time of the year when the trade winds are not blowing constantly.

My overall impression is that this is a great place for beginner and intermediate divers; not so much for advanced divers. Minuses aside, the Reef House Resort is a great value for the money and the hosts are excellent.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Barbados, Bonaire, Jamaica.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divers are required to follow the divemaster but they are allowed to hang around the boat at the end of the dive for as long as they want.
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 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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