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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in
Bahamas/Exuma & Eleuthera Islands

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Hart, TX, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5772
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, South Pacific, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
6
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No limits other than what your computer specified.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Dry bench with dedicated air hose.  Charging stations available.  Seperate
rinse tanks for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
The weather started out rough due to hurricane Tomas passing through the
general area.  The ship is somewhat top heavy which doesn't help in rough
water.  However, by the second day, the weather cleared and the sun came
out.  There were 22 guests on board.  Anymore and it would have been way
too crowded.  With 22 it worked out fine.  You set your gear up when you
first board and the crew takes it from there. Nitrox was available at 31%. 
Tanks consistantly filled to 3,000 psi.  The rooms were not too bad for a
live aboard.  We had cabin 9 which had a queen and twin beds.  The diving
was so so.  The lion fish have taken over and the fish population was way
down.  The crew was the most accomodating bunch I have experienced. Ian the
head dive guide summed it up by saying "we are divers and we know how
we would want to be treated".  The food was excellent with multiple
choices each meal.  If you wanted something, you just had to ask and they
would do their best to make it happen.  The water was cool at 78 F, but a 5
or 6 mil kept you warm for multiple dives. There are activities available
other than diving if you wanted some diversity.  They would take you to
shore, take you fishing, free dive for lobster and the ever present kayak. 
No pressure on tipping, just a subtle suggested guide of 15% if one was
happy and wanted to leave a gratuity.  
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Subscriber's Comments

By edulrich at Jun 30, 2012 20:27 EST  
Guys I did not see a date of dive>>>>I am guessing you all went
in October....Is that right???

Ed
By rmhart at Jul 01, 2012 01:56 EST  
Actually, it was the first of November.
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