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Dive Review of Sam's Tours/Sunrise Villas in

Sam's Tours/Sunrise Villas, Mar, 2003,

by John and Sandra Quick, MI, USA . Report 682.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 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 5 stars
Comments Incredible diving. First time we could say visibility restricted by huge quantities of fish. Hundreds of Pyramid butterflies, Potters
Angels, Bicolor Angels, Moorish Idols, etc. Lots of sharks. No need for a shark feeding here. The Large Napoleon Wrasse are
a hoot. They would hang with you effortlessly in the current. Almost every dive was a drift dive. Occasionally we would use a
reef hook to hang out at a given spot to watch the sharks and Napoleon Wrasse and other large pelagics. We dove with Sam's
Tours. They picked our group of 8 up at the Sunset Villas every morning for a 15-20 minute ride to the shop/docks. Our three
tank a day dive
trip included a box lunch. The lunch/surface interval was done on a beach of one of the "Rock Islands". A highlight in and of
itself was speeding through these beautiful formations. It made an otherwise long boat ride (an hour each way) a treat, though we
might not have felt that way if the weather were bad and seas rough. Guides were personable and flexible about dive times. No
pressure to get back to the dock by 5pm. One day we did an afternoon snorkel at Jellyfish Lake. Definately worthwhile to say
you've done it. Another 'extra' one day was a 15 foot 20 minute dive at "Clam City" to look at the colorful mantles of the
Tridacna clams. Sam's gets a B+ from us. We would go back.

Sunset Villas had large clean rooms. No great place to put our dive gear. We were not on the beach but then they did have a nice
pool area and we never seemed to have time for hanging out after diving all day. Food and service at Sunset Villa okay.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Bonaire, Belize, Roatan, and assorted other places
in the Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Profile recommended and we followed it because of the currents.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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