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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in

May, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Kimmey, NY, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Good Diving, Great Boat"
Report Number 8218
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
New York, Hawaii, California, Kwajalein, Florida, Grenada, Bonaire,
Caymans, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Mexico, Australia, Sea of
Closest Airport
Getting There
Airlines from numerous
countries; transfers from/to
the airport arranged through
the Aqua Cat reservations

Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Normal recreational limits in effect; NITROX limits as appropriate to mix
(32% was about average).  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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A central camera table is well-lit and supplied with compressed air, and
the crew is careful to explain which to ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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Aqua Cat was our first liveaboard dive boat back in 2008, and it pretty
much spoiled us for everything after.  We still like day boat and shore
diving in various destinations, but liveaboards are now our first choice. 
Aqua Cat has set a high bar against which we judge everything else:
everything about this boat is easy, from the online reservation system, to
travel and transfers from and to the airport, to boat operations.  She
still has about the nicest layout of any boat weve been on.  Spacious
cabins and common areas, and a well-organized dive deck really make a week
on the water quite pleasant.
Passenger cabins are conveniently forward of the dive deck, but divers are
asked not to traverse the corridor in wet gear, which is appreciated by
all.  Cabins are airy, well-lit and clean.  There are adequate plugs (US
110v, 60 Hz) and mattresses were comfortable.  Aqua Cat is very steady: on
our previous trip we encountered rough weather but it was never too bouncy
to move around (with caution) or sleep.  On this trip the seas were mostly
Cabins feature their own climate controls, so buddies can adjust to their
preference.  Small refrigerators are also provided, though we didnt have
much use for ours.

Fresh water is plentiful, but dont be greedy or abusive.

Each dive station is two tanks wide, which gives each person enough room
without feeling crowded.  Plastic bins under bench seats  tuppers 
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