Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
 

Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in
Bahamas/Exuma Cays

Aqua Cat Cruises, Aug, 2012,

by Vance Esler, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6685.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Belize, Utila. Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Hawaii, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational depth limits. Return with 500 psi in tank. Time limits on drift dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Nice large camera table. Small charging area. Air hose available for drying housings.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Notice: We were there during Tropical Storm Isaac, so conditions noted above were probably not as good as usual.

Good: Really nice boat with spacious quarters. Good, healthy meals. Two good showers on the dive deck for washing off after dives. The captain and crew tried to make the best of a bad situation (i.e., the storm), trying to find dive sites with reasonable visibility. They handled camera equipment properly. Two large camera rinse tanks. Nitrox mixes were very consistent at 32-33%.

Bad: The lionfish have ravaged the reefs. We saw large lionfish on every dive, usually actively hunting. They tend to like the swim throughs and crevices, so you had to watch out when in those. Once we came upon more than ten who were gorging on a school of silversides.

The mostly new, multinational crew did their job helping us into and out of the water, but they were clearly not all that familiar with the dive sites, sometimes neglecting to mention currents and boat orientation. Tank fills were usually 2800 psi (which they defined as "full".) The crew were polite, but only one made any serious attempts to get to know us. Perhaps they were uncomfortable being with an older group of serious divers who cared more about diving than partying.

Overall, we liked the boat itself. The crew did their jobs, but did not merit the 15% tip they expected. The sharks were cool, but most of the reefs had very few of the usual Caribbean fish to observe. Night life was equally sparse although there were plenty of rays and blood worms out.

If all you want to do is dive with sharks in the Bahamas, I recommend Stuart Cove's shark adventure.
Was this report helpful to you?
Bookmark and Share
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 363 dive reviews of Bahamas and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Want to assemble your own collection of Bahamas reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!



Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.272203922272 seconds