I had a great time here last fall. Was staying on Peter Island so Randy's shop was conveniently located. I am certified already so was able to get right into it with Randy. He set up all the gear, all I had to do was hop on the boat. We dove the painted walls and the Rhone (which was phenomenal!). Randy is very attentive and when he realized I was interested, made sure that he identified every creature from the smallest shrimp to the largest fish. He used this cool little slate board to write on underwater. The first time I ever dove was in Malaysia near Sipadan so I consider myself pretty spoiled and to be honest I wasn't expecting much from the dives in the area, but I was totally blown away.
The drawbacks are very few. It was a little more expensive than I was used to, but given I was on a private resort island and was diving pretty much 1 on 1 with Randy I can overlook that. One other note though - a professional photographer accompanied us. Careful with this guy. He told me at the beginning that he would be taking photos and would show me after. If I wanted them, I could buy them but that there was no pressure to do so. So after my final dive he gives me a preview of them and says he's gonna charge me like $100+ for them. I told him I dont want to spend that and that I dont want the photos. Then he goes off about how much work it was to retouch all these photos, how its his livelihood etc etc. Like buddy, I just wanted to go diving I never once told you I wanted photos. Honestly I was so close to telling him to go pound sand. I ended up buying a few photos but he was not happy.. My advice is to negotiate upfront if you are interested or tell him/Randy outright if you're not. I will say that the photos were very good quality so if you want the memory and dont care about the $ then go for it.
All in all great experience and I'd reccomend this to anyone.
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