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Dive Review of Sandals/Sandals, Negril in
Jamaica

Sandals/Sandals, Negril, Mar, 2012,

by Howard Sauve, QC, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 6474.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Roatan, belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time limited to 40 minutes, depth on first dive max 70 feet, 2nd dive 40 feet.
Have to follow in the group, no lagging behind, taking pics is a challenge due to the desire of some DM's to do mileage instead of exploring the reefs. Unfortunate.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments This dive op is not really friendly for photographers, the diving is included in the package, so the dive staff seem to only want to get you in, move you along then get you out. Isn't condusive to UWP...unless all you want to shoot are big lionfish which are out in the open everywhere and you can shoot on your way by...

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments The rental gear seemed in good shape, the boat was impeccable ( 46' Newton) O2 on board, the captain is Great ( Capt. Hook), most of the DM's are fine, some are on power trips. The resort won't allow anybody below a DM grade to show up and dive without doing a shallow check out dive, which is the 2nd dive at 11:30am. Doesn't matter how many dives you have, doesn't matter that you were diving somewhere else last week, you have to follow this rule.
I came to Jamaica for a family wedding, expecting the diving to be poor, since that's all we hear about, but I was pleasantly surprised at the life on the reefs.
During 2 dives we were actually allowed to relax and explore the reef and we saw a ton of small stuff.
I wouldn't come here specifically to dive, but if I were coming here, I would dive, just try to get a DM that will let you dive without having to hold hands ......
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