Top Tips For Writing A Review

19th August 2011   |   Jackie Hutchings

Are you thinking of writing a review?  If so, here are some suggestions to inspire you!

When you sit down to write your review, think about the things that you would have liked to know before you went on your trip. Think about what will be useful to other divers planning their trips.

A review which says, ‘We had a great time and will be back’ is helpful in some ways — at least it’s a positive recommendation — but is very limited. Much better to take a little more time and address the things which will really give other divers a flavour for the place, both above and below the water. As a general rule, more information is better than less.

Here are a few questions to get you going:

  • What were the conditions like?
  • Did the dive operator have enough staff on the boat?
  • Did the place live up to expectations or was it a disappointment?
  • Was there a lot of life underwater, with healthy coral?
  • Was the staff knowledgeable about the local wildlife and conditions?
  • Was there shore diving nearby?
  • Did you take any courses?
  • If you experienced any problems, how well did the staff resolve them?
  • Was the boat sufficiently large and well-equipped?
  • What are your top tips for an enjoyable trip?
  • Are there any things to avoid, either because they’re dangerous or don’t live up to the hype?
  • Any must-sees? Either underwater or on shore?
  • Was there anything that the operator could do to improve the experience
  • If accommodation was included, what was your opinion of it?
  • Did you have any concerns about safety?
  • Are computers required?
  • Did the staff cater for different levels of ability?
  • ….and finally, How were the cocktails??

Also, bear in mind that the management will have the opportunity to respond to any criticisms.

Hope we’ve inspired you!

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