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Dive Review of Aqua Cat in
Bahamas/Exuma Islands

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Hobart, N.Y., USA
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Report Number 3973
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Florida Keys & Ft. Lauderdale, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica,
Walkers' Cay, San Salvador, French Polynesia( Rangiroa, Fakarava, and Bora
Bora), Maldives, Australia-Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Nassau,
Grenada,Niagara River,Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
100   to 125    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Used Nitrox, so only restriction was the Nitrox Tables. For those using
air- 130 feet.Occasionally bottom time was restricted to one hour because
boat had to move because of tide change.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Large camera table and 2 dedicated rinse tanks for cameras. Also, pressure
air hose at camera table and water hose to rinse camera when exiting water.
Computer available for downloading digital pictures. Also, facilities for
developing slide film.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
   This was my third trip on the Aqua Cat and the crew was never better. As
with most liveaboards, there is a high rate of crew turnover because of the
lifestyle, but this time Aqua Cat had a cracker jack crew. Helen headed the
dive crew consisting of Dennis and Chris and they did a great job of
handling any request in or out of the water. One could not ask for a better
dive crew. Chef Kirk took good quality food and made it better and added
just the right amount of humor. Meals showed a wide variety and provided
multiple options. You won't find better food or more of it on any
liveaboard.For non-divers, Aqua Cat has a large launch( The Sea Dog) for
trips to shore for those who wish to snorkel or look for shells. Capt. Ron
provided just the right amount of professionalism as well as availability
and personality. A better Capt. you won't find.
   Just so you don't think I can't be critical, let me add that the
condition of the coral was the worst I had seen in three trips. Half the
dive sites we visited( dives with no current) were completely covered with
ALGAE. This green growth has killed the soft coral and reduced the number
of fish.I counted 3-5 sea urchins in the entire week. What Aqua Cat tried
to do was substitute drift dives( the Washing Machine), The Blue Hole, and
Shark dives for the previous sites( reefs) where coral and fish used to
live.
   In conclusion- If you have never taken an Aqua Cat dive vacation, there
still is plenty of excitement and bang for your buck.On the otherhand if
you traveled the Aqua Cat itinerary more than three years ago, you will be
sadly disappointed in the majority of the dive sites.   
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