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“Great Dive Shop”

Micronesian Divers Association
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Owner description: Micronesian Divers Association (MDA) is the largest diving operator on Guam and one of the largest PADI dive training centers in the Americas. We operate two 42' Newton diving vessels capable of handling up to 30 divers for 2-tank dives and our shop includes full retail, rental and repair services. Our dive boats operate daily and the schedule is available on our website. Guam's water temp: 82-86°F (27-30°C) Visibility: Inner harbor 30-60ft, outer reefs 100-150ft or more. Please visit MDA on your next trip to Guam! • Guided diving including hotel pickup, tanks, weights and a professional dive guide. • FREE guided shore dives every weekend. Meet at the shop and join a group of local divers on a shore dive led by one of our professional dive guides. • Private Charters available for large and small groups of divers or non-divers. • Scuba training - E-learning makes it easy to start your course work online and complete your Open Water Diver certification in Guam's warm water. • Continuing Education - Dive deeper into the sport with PADI's advanced, specialty and professional courses. • Full retail, rental and repair services. • Online boat schedule (visit our website) Safety is our priority! All divers on MDA vessels are required to have a personal SMB (surface marker buoy/safety sausage) and a dive computer.
Reviewed January 4, 2012

Best dive shop on island! Great service and customer support. Good prices and selections.

7  Thank Tanith13
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Reviewed December 8, 2010

Micronesian Divers Association (MDA) is located almost directly across from the Fish Eye Aquarium. It is not near the hotel area, and the marina that they use is even farther away, so it might be a good idea to rent a car if you are planning to dive with them a lot. They have a 'daily dive' where they go to 2 locations - a deeper dive such as Guam's Blue Hole or the Crevice, then a shallower reef. The daily dive usually consists of a group of tourists, so you don't have a lot of choice in where you go. The tourst group (usually Japanese) have their own dive guides, so you are on your own and need to go with a buddy.

At both stops we were given specific instructions on where to go under the water, and it was easy to find our way back to the boat. We only take one diving trip a year, so we are certainly not experts on underwater navigation. But just in case you get lost, you are required to have a 'safety sausage' so the boat can find you.

The day that we were there, we ended up at neither of the advertised places for the deep dive; instead we went to a "dump site" where the military threw stuff off a cliff and it landed in the water. And there was a big rock right under the boat housing a variety of fish. Overall this site was a let down from what we were expecting.

The 2nd stop was a lovely reef with an abundance of sea life including turtles and eels. We followed the reef at about 60', then after about half our air was out, came back at about 40' which gave us a different view. The highlight of that stop was an octupus that the dive guides knew about. Even though we were on our own, we were able to see the guides playing with it when we returned to the boat area.

The best thing about this dive is the cost - $25 for the dive, $6 per tank of air ($12 for the 2 tanks), and $5 for weights (these are 2010 prices). Plus reasonable costs for other gear rental. We found it odd to be charged for weights, but overall it was still inexpensive. Our cost was only $75 for 2 people to do a deep dive and a shallow dive.

The boat was VERY nice. We were not crowded, even with all the Japanese tourists, and it had a step-off back platform and 2 ladders in the back. It was clean and had a lot of covered areas so pasty-white people like us could stay out of the sun.

We were supposed to leave the marina at 9 am, but I think it was closer to 9:30. We returned around 1 pm, then had lunch at JanZ's.

If you go, I would suggest that you schedule your trip around some of their other dives which are posted on their website. These are slightly pricier but might be worth the extra few $$$ to know where you're going.

4  Thank RockyMountainDiva
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