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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in
Bahamas/Mostly Exumas

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Linda Bellofatto, CT, USA
Report Number 527
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Caymans, Florida, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, San Salvador
(Bahamas), other Bahamas liveaboard.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
We did video, and there were a couple of TVs where you could watch what
you'd filmed. Nice dedicated photo tables on the dive deck. They have two
illuminated tables in the lounge for slide viewing.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Trip was April 26-May 3, 2003. Fabulous boat. Best liveaboard we've been
on. Largest (for a liveaboard) rooms that we've seen, with plenty of
cabinet space and full-length closet. Showers in bathroom not the greatest
idea - no stalls - just a curtain and water gets all over the floor.
However, there are shower stalls on the dive deck and you'll tend to use
those most of the time. You shower off right after your dive and use the
showers also to rinse your gear while you're in there. Terrific cook,
friendly, extremely competent crew. Nice shore excursions as well. Bring
   We saw pilot whales the first day. They stuck around the boat and many
were able to jump in and snorkel with them. They do a shark dive with a
"chumsicle." Nitrox is available but at additional charge to trip
Vis was mostly less than 100 feet, but that may be time of year. Certainly
clear enough to see lots of good stuff. One of the owners of the boat was
on board that week, and said that something killed off sea urchins, so
there is a lot of algae on the reefs - but this is not limited just to this
area, but is all over the Bahamas. He has been involved in monitoring coral
reefs. The Marine Conservancy and NOAA sponsor this program called RECON.
The crew also does REEF studies throughout the year.
   Bottom line - even though the fish life is good, it is not as good as
some other places, but I recommend this trip anyway because everything else
is superb. This is a good trip for a non-diver (who at least snorkels)
paired with a diver, because there is plenty for the non-diver to do, and
both can snorkel together. You will still see plenty of fish with sharks
guaranteed on the shark dive (and we saw some at other times as well). 
   Even though this is a catamaran, it is not a SWATH like the Nekton
boats. If you are even slightly prone to seasickness, bring remedies. I
tend to get sick on just the first day of a liveaboard trip (even taking
OTC meds) and am then fine the rest of the week. But next trip I'm going to
try the patch as I don't like missing those first day dives. But we did hit
a storm later in the week, and it got pretty rough. Even those who normally
don't get sick weren't feeling very good that day. So be prepared.
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