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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in

Aqua Cat Cruises: "Aqua Cat - Great week in Bahamas", Nov, 2017,

by Jeffrey D Hubbard MD, NY, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 32 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 9977 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments A week aboard in Exuma Cays & Eleuthera. 26 dives, good weather (though Nov. is still officially hurricane season.) The company arranges transfers from NAS to dock and there are places to wait if you arrive early.
Capt. Ron is a dedicated and knowledgeable diver and chooses sites and potential transits (Exuma to/from Eleuthera = 3 hours motor) to optimize diving conditions and minimize other boats on sites. We dove nitrox (average 31%.) Max depth 91 ft, average 59 ft. Having different air consumption rates, we benefitted from the availability of 100 ft3 tanks as well as the usual 80s.
The food was the best of our 32 liveaboard charters. Varied, nicely prepared, and responsive to specific wants like vegetarians. Somehow, Chef Kelly managed fresh lettuce for 6 days of salads. Meats were cooked just right and the coffee cookies were perfect.
The walls and most of the shallow sites were in good shape; a few of the shallow dives had weather or diver wear. Dog Rocks (a wall, despite the name), Jeep Reef and Hammerhead Gulch [no hammerheads] were the best. Few lion fish despite no hunting effort from the boat. Few big fish except sharks, but plenty of small to middle-size groupers, snappers & c to populate the future reefs. The dive crew is experienced & attentive without nagging. No quizzing on depth, time & c. Except for the last day (2 dives) a dive guide is in the water for those who want to follow. There is a shark feed, but the crew was good about our going elsewhere on the very nice wall @ Split Coral Head during the feeding frenzy. There is a clothesline and clothespins (great idea!) above the dive/tank stations for drying towels, suits & c. Things dry quickly. Tanks are filled in place and promptly. Entries are giant-stride from water level or deck at 6 ft, take yr choice. Two private showers and a head on dive deck, plus there are hot water sprayers at the top of boarding ladders.
Cabins are pretty spacious, and on the same level as dive deck. Bathrooms with showers are large. Exhaust fan from bathroom is weak use the clotheslines on deck for drying.
Aqua Cat is excellent, well worth a week, and only 2 hours flight from Atlanta.
Websites Aqua Cat Cruises   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Bahamas, Fernando de Noronha, Australia, Fiji, PNG, Micronesia, Hawai'i
Closest Airport Nassau Getting There Many connections from ATL (we took DL) and other eastern US cities

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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