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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in
Bahamas/Exuma, Eleuthera

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Anna Flynn, MA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6597
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Just spent a week on the Aqua Cat. Very comfortable, well provisioned, well
kept boat; plenty of great food; excellent crew (skilled, friendly, helpful
without hovering, safety-conscious, adventurous); some sites heavy on algae
but majority had healthy coral heads and variety of critters. Very good!
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth 130 ft; no decompression diving; specific yet ample
"pool" times.  Drift dives well controlled for safety without
sacrificing fun.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
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
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
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
Excellent dive deck camera table and rinse tanks. Plenty of charging
ability in rooms and on dive deck. Access to power in salon for setting up
digital photo-editing spots on dining or other tables in short supply (we
were lucky there weren't a lot of hard-core photographers wanting to set up
between each dive or it would have been awkward). Yes, plenty of power in
rooms if you're willing to work on your lap in bed, but its much nicer to
be able to work at a table in a more social setting.
Re. subject matter -- I said "lots" of sharks were encountered
because the Aqua Cat does an organized "chumsickle" dive.  Aside
from that, there were a few sightings of nurse sharks over the course of
the week.  We did dive the blue hole at a time when small schooling sharks
were reportedly congregating but the viz was not great in the hole and I
didn't venture below 85 ft., so I didn't see them.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Captain Ron did an excellent job of adjusting the itinerary to avoid storms
and overly-lumpy seas without wimping out and sticking only to a couple of
ultra-flat, easy sites.  There was a wide range of experience among the
divers on the boat, from one person who more than doubled his total dives
while on the trip to another who logged his 1,400th dive.   Everyone
enjoyed themselves and got along -- crew and passengers alike.  Serving as
First Mate, Captain Bill was on board and provided multiple shore excursion
options and even a fishing opportunity for folks who wanted or needed to
take a break from diving.  Overall, this trip was a great experience and I
highly recommend the Aqua Cat.
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