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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in
Bahamas/Exuma Cays

August, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Vance Esler, TX, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6685
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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.
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