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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in
Bahamas

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Wellington Lee, DC, US
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6140
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Sipadan, Cocos, Maldives, Coz, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Spain, Hawaii,
Florida Keys, VA, NC
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Standard Rec Limits, Return with 500psi  
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
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Large Dive Table with pressurized air hose.  Two Camera Rinse Tanks.  Crew
Properly handled cameras for entry and exit.  Captain and several members
of the crew were highly experienced Ikelite Nikon shooters with plenty of
good advice.  The captain even helped make a repair on my housing.

That said it's not rife with subjects like you might find in less
ecologically beat down parts of the globe.  However, there are reef sharks
in your face for several days of trip.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Well the lionfish invasion is very real, and it would appear to have had a
negative impact on the reef fish.  1st time to the Exumas, but compared to
Bimini, definitely less reef fish.  Schools of creole wrasse for example
are just small schools of little juves.  Multiple large lionfish spotted on
every dive, actively hunting.  The lionfish are nice looking and good
eating however. 

That said there are lots and lots of reef sharks.  Multiple shark feeding
sites have been cultivated.  The sharks are curious, even without a feed. 
I had several sessions of multiple reef sharks approaching, turning and
passing by within arms reach. I got some of my best shark photos to date. 
Danger Reef/ Amberjack was perfect for this.

I saw a couple small turtles, a huge nurse shark, one spotted eagle, large
groupers, puffers, the largest southern sting ray I've ever seen, a big
feeding cuda and amberjack, and smallish schools of jacks.  Several
nudibranchs, many of which were new to me.

There were two beautiful coral drenched drift dives, and the "lost
blue hole" around nassau had great life around it. 

This boat does have plentiful land excursions and non-diver activities. 
There is a dedicated zodiac. There was a lengthy hike through the Exumas
land and sea park island, a feeding of iguana, fishing, and a beach visit. 
My non-diver girlfriend was taken snorkeling everyday, and eventually did a
Discover Dive which was perfect.

The 11 person crew has got it down pat. The boat still feels new enough and
it's nice where it matters.  Cabins spacious.

The boat docks a 10 min walk from Atlantis.
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