Popular West Bay dive operator Divetech is moving out of its base at Cobalt Coast resort and expanding its operations at Lighthouse Point.
Arie Barendrecht, owner of Cobalt Coast, said Monday that Divetech’s 15-year lease at the hotel had ended and he was bringing in a different operator to run the on-site dive business.
He denied rumors that Cobalt Coast was being sold and said more information about the new dive operator would be released later in the week.
Nancy Easterbrook, owner of Divetech, said the business would move its headquarters to Lighthouse Point on Northwest Point Road, where it plans to construct a new sea pool for dive training.
She said the operator would partner with hotels and condos to offer dive travel packages.
“We’ve enjoyed our partnership at Cobalt Coast, but for some time our customers have asked for other properties on the island, and we’ve listened to them,” she said.
Mr. Barendrecht said the lease would come to an end on Dec. 1.
“It has been a great partnership, but sometimes you put your business head on and say ‘maybe it’s time to make a change,’” he added.
He declined on Monday to give more details.
Ms. Easterbrook said new staff would be hired for Divetech’s reservations department as a result of the switch, which will also involve the launch of its own travel department.
“We want to be a one-stop shop for both industry travel professionals and consumers,” said Ms. Easterbrook. “Divetech is going into this wholeheartedly and we’re serious about providing excellent travel services, as we have done with diving for more than 20 years.”