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Dive Review of Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort in
The Continental USA

Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort: "OK DIVING, POOR OPERATION", Jul, 2015,

by Edward Svitil, GA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8316.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Diving was OK. The two deep wrecks were interesting and viz improved greatly once below the swift current at the surface. Most other dives were very shallow and almost everyone had problems with buoyancy. Boat didn't have enough weights for everyone. Weight belts old and some failed. Lots of fans and fish. A few sharks and reports of rays. Barracudas everywhere. No lionfish seen - thankfully. Snorkelers abound at the Jesus statue. Now for the less than good. Don't know what "resort" conjures up in your mind, but Amy Slate is more like a Motel 6. While very nice to walk 20 feet to the boat from your room, that room is basic. Listed as queen bed, was a full. Shower/bath very minimal. Gear room is way too small for more than 5-6 divers (resort was maxed out at 30+). No food to be had, other than coffee in the AM, which came 30 minutes late our first day (ie, no coffee). As the boat left promptly at 8:30 you had to be up at 6AM to get to a restaurant, eat and get in the already forming line at 8AM to grab the best seats. BRING FOOD AND DRINKS. Confusion between front office staff and captain on daily destinations. Each one said the other decided. After we had been to the statue TWICE in one day we were told we were headed back there again the next day because "the owner was arriving with a large group". So we checked out a day early. When booking the trip I spoke with the front office and asked about the dive profiles. I was told only "two dives a day". When questioned was told "some people only do one". While surprised, it's their operation. Considering travel time to the dive sites - 45 min/1 hour) figured that would be enough time to get back, have lunch and board the 1PM boat. What she DIDN'T say was that it was "two dives per trip" (even though I questioned her). That meant that unless you ate in your room with food you brought, you went hungry. Minimal food on the boat (water and 3 oranges). Again, you have to bring your own. Dive operation undermanned - captain and one crew. No divemaster. No hang bar/emergency tank/reg on the deep dives. This was an issue as the currents were strong at the surface and there were some 26-28 divers on every trip. Many divers trying to hang on to the bouy line at same time. Captain refused to come pick you up - wanted some teens/out of shape folks to swim 40-50 feet in strong current. If you wanted a dive guide you had to pay extra - $85/person per trip. Crew not happy in their work. Front office was very quick to tell you "no refund unless you cancel 24 hours in advance". We were also told "only one night dive per week". In fact, since large groups seem to be the main clientele, if THEY want a night dive it's laid on; other guests not given that option. We spoke with other divers who were also unsatisfied, one or two saying that the facility has deterioriated over the 4-5 years they have been going there. We won't be back even though only a 10 hour drive from home.
Websites Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Yap, Thailand, Sipadan, Malaysia, Pohnpei, Truk, St. Lucia, Little Cayman, Costa Rica, Maldives
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 84-88°F / 29-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 25-30 Ft/ 8-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time only. Most dives shallow.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments One average size bin. Could not accomodate some of the larger rigs.
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