Answers to my questions on this forum have been very helpful in my choosing an area and place to stay during my upcoming family vacation to GCI. After consiering many factors in a attempt to balance the varied needs of my family I chose to rent a Villa on the East End of GCI which seemed to offer everything we wanted: beachfront, closeness to dive operators, quiet non-touristy location, etc. We are staying the last week in May. However I think I have made a BIG MISTAKE!!
Here is my dilema: One thing I did not consider was the nature of the prevailing winds on GCI and the sea conditions that make boat diving very uncomfortable on the East End. Part of this trip was a graduation gift for my son, the gift being a dive certification which he has wanted for a while. I had chosen Ocean Frontiers due to the overwhelming positive reviews on Trip Advisor. However, I have found equally overwhelming negative reviews on other dive forums that state OF will take divers out on very rough seas ( the East End being notorious for extremely rough seas almost any time of year) and OF being very unsympathetic with divers when seas are rough, refusing refunds and forcing divers to go out despite rough seas.
Given the expense of such a vacation I dont want my families first visit to GCI to be a bad one and certainly do not want my son's dive certification to be a bad expereince.
My questions for you all are:
- Am I worried about nothing with regards to East End weather and sea conditions in May/June?
- Is anyone experienced with Ocean Frontiers diving that can give unbiased reviews? The main reviews seem very biased and I dont want to give someone more than $1200 of my money who really do not care about my comfort or safety.
- Should I be seeking a refund from my Villa owner and move to what appears to be the calmer Western side of GCI and book with any one of the many smaller diver operators there??
Thanks in advance to all who reply.