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Dive Review of Unisub/L'Estarit in
Spain/L'Estartit, La Costa Brava

 
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Unisub/L'Estarit, Jul, 2007,

by David Schwab, AE, USA . Report 3407.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Norway, England, Scotland, Red Sea, Thailand, Burma, France, Hawaii, Florida, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia, Turkey
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 19 to 21 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10 to 15 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and time depending on the site.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Common wash tank for UWPs, masks, etc. Otherwise nothing special. However, nothing else was necessary.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 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 Unisub provided good service; they were dependable, safe, on time, responsive to our needs. Dive boat "Triton" is well-designed for divers; it includes a patented ladder that makes getting on board with fins easy. Plenty of secured storage space for your gear; lots of room. Fifteen litre cylinders available for those who want them; always filled to 200 bar. Only downside: The operator had dive trips scheduled at two hour intervals; out at 0900, back by 1100, etc. Selection of dive sites affected by the two-hour window, so we couldn't go far. Dive sites were either just off shore, or at Les Iles Medes, a protected reserve (restrictions in effect on diving there). Good dive briefings, but there are no guides (unless you hire one; expensive), so novices and advanced divers with weak navigation skills beware! Chilly water in July; some wore dry suits, most wore 5 to 7 mm wet suits with hoods & gloves. Night dives available. Some reports of Eagle Rays, but I didn't see any. Lots of BIG Groupers. Also reports of Nudis and Seahorses, but I looked without success. Octopi and Moray Eels in residence. Plenty of accommodations available; we stayed in apartments (with kitchens) arranged by Unisub for about $47 per person per night. Local markets and restaurants (recommend Chez Robert) nearby. This is a tourist area so expect to pay tourist prices. Mosquitos. Easy access to La Costa Brava by air to Gerona, then car or bus to L'Estarit. I would dive with Unisub again.
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