We were staying at the Baobab Beach Resort and booked a boat trip with 2 dives through Dive the Crab which were based at the hotel. Having only recently completed my PADI, I am new to diving and have only experienced 2 dive shops before this; one in Thailand and the other in Borneo (where I did my PADI). I found the quality of equipment here was far inferior to both the other places. The selection was very limited at the dive shop and as the previous reviewer has said, the BCD and wetsuits were all very worn out and the flippers were torn. From 2 days prior to the dive, I mentioned to the staff that I have a small face and will need a child’s mask yet it still took him more than 20 minutes on the day of the dive to locate a small mask. This mask still did not have the best fit and was partly mouldy. This mask kept filling up when I went in the water, causing me to panic and eventually resulted in me not doing the first of the 2 dives. No spare equipment was kept on the boat either. Fortunately another company who were diving at the same site had a spare mask that fitted and I was able to use for the second dive – the quality of this was infinitely superior to the one I had been given. When we returned from the dive, we had to carry all our equipment back through the sea and across the beach from where the boat had stopped and then we were instructed to wash all the equipment in freshwater whilst the staff sat and watched. I have no issue with carrying or helping clean equipment, but when considering the cost of the dive, I would have at least expected them to help us with this. Also, my brother was quite young and not able to carry all the equipment himself so some help from staff would have been appreciated. Again, I do not have much to compare to but both places in SE Asia removed the equipment from the boat for us at the end of the dive and also cleaned this for us at the end of the day. Boat staff (driver and dive guide) were wonderful and cant fault them in any way.
Given the quality of equipment and the boat, I felt the dive was ridiculously overpriced and would definitely not recommend them – their charges for PADI Openwater were more than 2.5 times what I paid in Asia – this could be justified with higher costs in Africa if the equipment was satisfactory but this was far from the case.
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