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Dive Review of Frontier Divers/Sandy Point Resort RCI in
Trinidad and Tobago

Frontier Divers/Sandy Point Resort RCI, Oct, 2005,

by Kris and Mark Ritchie, colo, USA . Report 2692.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida, California, Hawaii, Nassua and San Salvador Bahamas, Cayman and Brac, Aruba, Los Roques Venezuela, Belize, Australia, Mexico, Cozumel, Tobago, Bonne Terre Miss, Table Lake Branson, Homestead Utah, Blue Hole New Mexico, Colo local lakes, Denver Aquarium
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 pounds rule, keep dm in sight
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Frontier boat is open and small, but they gave me a bucket to keep my camera in and rinse. Mostly I just packed it in a towel and had the captain keep it under the driving console in a safe place. They handed it in to me after backroll. No way to change film/batts until you go to beach for lunch, so shooting digital saves that step between dive 1 and 2. Dives were not deep so I shot every dive. If the waves are high and current is kicking it can be a challenge to get back to the boat for your camera, I did wave off the captain one dive because it was too hard for me. I had fun shooting in Speyside especially. Very little current so could stop and DM went slow and stop speed! No marathons, but no current to help you catch up the group either. The DM understands photographer needs to go slow and it was no stress for us, but we were a small private group of 4.

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 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Actually we had a wonderful time with these folks. We were somewhat suprised at the laid back island time and late starts, You didn't meet at the dive shop til 9 am. Therefore most dive days are 2 dives not 3. To get to Speyside which is the more pristine diving it is 40 minutes by car, then you go with a partner captain and your own DM. Diving on our side was interesting, larger seas, not so much coral, more drift, lower vis, haloclines. Divers Thirst and Dream would have been more fun with a current,but it was relaxed with lots of time to down and look at things. We heard stories of killer current, advanced dives but experienced none all week. We loved Big Dougie who trains most all of the DMs and Instructors and Lifegaurds on the island. His wife Kerry is very pleasant. They take care of your gear and were quite suprised by our constant helping with gear and loading. Alvin Douglas did take us for a discover local dive so we could check our gear and get acclimated. Vis was awful but we made and hour and ten minutes which was great fun. No nitrox. Lodging was a beautiful 3 bedroom full kitchen on the beach next to the bar - Fabulous. We had fun here, also did the land tour one day into the rainforest. No shopping, some restaurants, not too much nitelife.
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