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Dive Review of Tropical Island Divers/Paya Bay in

Tropical Island Divers/Paya Bay, Sep, 2013,

by Clem Clapp, AL, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 7185.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Purchased a 10 dive package though the resort. Diving is farmed out to another operator, Tropical Island Divers. Found out just before leaving home that the resort had not informed the dive op of my package even though it was paid for 90 days in advance. Dive op had been full but fortunately had cancellations that allowed my buddy and I to dive. I will contact the dive op (Tropical Island Divers) in advance should I make this trip again.
Resort transfers divers per 10 minute drive to Tropical Island Divers and they drop you off at resort dock at end of 2nd dive. Found out upon leaving resort that they charged $5.00 per day for the transfer. Should have been included in package.
Dive operation was fine. Max divers were a dozen or so for a couple of days then 4 to 10 the other days. Was a bit crowded on the small boat but trips were short and not a problem.
Marek, the dm, was also co-manager of Marble Hills, the resort to which Tropical Island was attached. Cpt. Edward was there the previous year and also dove and shot Lion Fish regularly.
Much freedom given to divers. No real problems with over control by dms. Nice collection of a variety of both coral and small tropicals. No large fish to speak of. Nice laid back operation. Different dive op manager and dm this year but no complaints for either of our two trips diving with them.
We stayed at Paya Bay Resort for the 2nd time. Nice, small, friendly family run resort on the north side of the east end of the island. We were met at the airport by the resort driver who took an hour to drive us to the resort from the airport. We included the food package so we could eat anything we wished but paid extra for cokes and liquor. Food was good and varied. Always some item not available on the menu but plenty else to offer. Service people were mostly the same as previous year and very pleasant and accomodating. Very nice 22 acres of property full of trails and 2 small beaches, one of which was especially nice. They were also next door to a much larger public beach which was mostly vacant during our stay.
Websites Tropical Island Divers   Paya Bay

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 35-85 Ft/ 11-26 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Don't go too deep. Come up when you get low.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars 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]
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