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Dive Review of Aquatique/none in
Other Locations/Manama, Bahrain

Aquatique/none, Apr, 2004,

by Terry Kraft, va, USA . Report 1006.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Phillipines, Thailand, Spain, Hawaii, Guam, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 20 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 50 minutes or 500 PSI
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 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Had an area for keeping things dry in the bow.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Did this dive while visiting Bahrain on business. They meet you at a resort and bring all their gear there. Very friendly aussies and brits. The Captain of the dive boat is worth the price of admission - very knowledgable about Bahrain and the middle east in general. Really knows his diving. Rest of the staff are helpful and fun.

I had my own BCD, but used their wetsuit as the water was still a little cold. Their gear looked old, especially the wet suits, but was servicable. There were six of us on a boat that could hold 12 divers comfortably. Got to the site fast. No head on board, but a cooler for all our stuff. Have to bring all your own food and water - we stopped at a supermarket on the way and stocked up.

First dive was a tugboat wreck in about 30 feet of water. Not much to write home about. Decent amount of fish inside the wreck - barren outside. The Captain explained that most reefs have been destroyed with just a few left.

Next dive was also shallow - about 30 feet, but better. It was one of the few reefs still around and had a decent amount of sea life, including a turtle which has lived there forever. Mostly hard coral, lots of little creatures. The reef is in the shadow of several anchored tankers - a little different.

Next time I go I will try the pearl diving, which is their specialty. Sounds like a good training program that culminates in a dive for natural pearls. They seem to really know their stuff.

Overall a fun couple of dives with great people. Experts may be a bit disppointed in the venues. Price was right, 70 dollars for two dives.
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