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Mathias wrote a review Aug 2020
1 contribution3 helpful votes
Worst diving experience so far for several reasons: everyone recommends Rudy but I had a few bad experiences with him, few red flags popped up and I realized he scammed us a few times. I asked him the price for a open water dive and I wanted to take a friend who would do the discovery dive. He said price almost similar but I would get two tanks... we arrived, my friend had the theory and practice in the pool, all well. There was another woman doing the discovery, We ended up in the ocean, me guiding my friend and Rudy taking care of the other woman.... Note: I only have my open water advanced certificate..... I asked about my second tank, he said there is no such thing as me getting a second tank... I felt like I paid way too much for a poor experience. since I did not even know the diving spot and we did not get a briefing, I didn't know where to go. We stayed on a safe depth (7-8m max) since it was my friends' first ever dive and I am not certified to lead a dive. Later that week we wanted to rent a boat for a few hours with a group of friends, Rudy said he could help us out so we relied on him. He showed us a few options with the price per hour and we agreed on a certain option. The day arrived, we arrived at the pier and it turned out it was a totally different boat, obviously a lot worse than the one we wanted. we had to keep discussing to eventually settle with another boat... slightly better. We lost over half an hour discussing over the phone, the boat was booked for 3 hours so eventually we only got 2 hours and 15 minutes or so... without any refund. Rudy is very social and knows what he is doing, but doesn't seem like a reliable person to me. Typical tourist scam I guess. In general; I would not recommend diving in Sanya at all. - overcrowded - overpriced - nothing to see under water
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Date of experience: July 2020
3 Helpful votes
KotzenderUhu wrote a review Jul 2020
Shanghai, China17 contributions4 helpful votes
During pandemic it’s not easy to find diving spots within China - so sanya it was. First of all: dive with Rudy - he’s a good guy with proper English ! It was fun and every time again ! Second: the spot I was at was regarding to corals intact. Soft and hard corals. Nothing spectacular but intact ! No bleached areas which was kind of surprising for me. Big waves and a funny current made the dive especially likeable. Why just four stars then?! The Fauna is in expectation to its active reef just on a low score. Overfishing May caused the problem. So it’s like u dive at a underwater flora-shop- with just a few fish as visitor. Sad ! But good for learning OW or doing other courses.
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Date of experience: July 2020
1 Helpful vote
Tony Z wrote a review Oct 2018
1 contribution2 helpful votes
You have better choices, apart from expensive hotels, ripping you off kinds of activities and super pricey food, there is nothing you can DO. LEAVE IT, find a better place.
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Date of experience: October 2018
2 Helpful votes
Brian M wrote a review Jan 2015
Settle, United Kingdom21 contributions34 helpful votes
25 divers in the water at one time, depth 4 - 6 meters, pose for a photo and pay your money for a picture that includes fish feeding although you never actually see any fish, it's all computer generated.
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Date of experience: January 2015
4 Helpful votes
inandouthoteltohotel wrote a review Nov 2012
37 contributions66 helpful votes
not far from haikou, sanya sells good water attraction. God place to dive or snorkel. Exotic beach. A very good sunset. I hope the people around there will look after this awesome beach. Xie xie
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