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Dive Review of Reef House in

Reef House, Aug, 2009,

by Lee Skinner, IL, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 5068.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Reef House picked up and returned guests to the airport as part of the cost. Rooms could use some redecorating but were comfortable and well airconditioned even in August.
All the staff were very friendly and very competent.
Meals were served individually (no buffet) but portions were very ample. Individual taste was promptly accommodated. Co-owner Mike Park also owns restaurants in Georgia, and the quality of food surely reflected his experience. He even quickly purchased snacks beyond his usual supply to please some guests' requests. Friday night dinner was steak and 2--or more, if you wished--lobster tails. With flights on Saturday the usual pattern, the sendoff was impressive and memorable.
The reefs were often short trips away, and the Wednesday night dive on the house reef (by boat) was very satisfying. Nearly all dives were on walls, even the closest ones.
Having done others, I skipped the $100 shark dive trip to another facility, but those who went were quite pleased.
The 3-tank "wall dive" trip down the coast was well worth it at $45. The reefs there were as virgin as some of the best in the Caribbean.
Divemaster David, who had a great sense of humor, was great at organizing and spotting critters. Choco, boat captain and camera and gear handler, was very experienced and attentive.
With just two flights on Delta needed from O'Hare, the arrangements were very easy. Continental also flies non-stop from Houston and American requires more stops and/or plane changes.
Overall, this dive trip may be the best value in my 25 years of diving--as well as a very enjoyable experience.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving extensive Caribbean, Maldives, Red Sea, Sulawesi, Thailand, Burma Banks, Komodo & Flores, Australia, Palau, Fiji, New Guinea, Solomons, Hawaii, British Columbia, Lake Michigan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-130 Ft/ 18-40 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster described the depths and times beforehand. He led but we could shoot pix or video as we wanted. He kept track of more than restricted us divers. We followed him mostly because he consistently found great critters.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Expert handling by boat crew. Dedicated camera rinse. Lots of space for cameras on board. After diving, divers brought cameras to their own rooms, which had ample charging outlets.
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