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Dive Review of Aqua Cat in
Bahamas/Exumas

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Allison Ashnault, CA, USA
Report Number 658
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas, Hilton Head South Carolina and
Southern California
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on board with 500 PSI.  I do not dive Nitrox but there were
restrictions for this too.  
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
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
I'm not an underwater photographer but there was a designated rinse tank
for cameras only, designated dry areas for cameras, air hoses to dry off
camera equipment, recharging stations, and slide processing on board. 
There was also a photo/video competition offered- Grand Prize was a free
return trip!
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 a dream trip on an exceptional boat with a fabulous crew!  The
boat is a 3 year old 100+ foot Catamaran with 11 spacious cabins (max of 22
passangers) and 11 crew members.  Passangers are fed 3 meals a day(GREAT
FOOD!-With special care given to special requests and dietary concerns of
the passangers) plus snacks, with beer & sodas on tap and wine
available at dinner. (Only rule-once you drink you are done diving for the
day.) 

Don't overpack!  You have plenty of room for your stuff but you won't need
much! All you need are shorts, t-shirts & swimsuits! I had shoes (Teva
Sandals) on for maybe a total of 3 hours over the 7 days and that was just
when we went on land tours. 

The water was clear and warm with an abundance of critters.  A couple of
days we got some slight swells and surge, but overall it was easy going. 
Wall dives, shallow reef dives, shark dive (10-15 reef sharks- but we saw
sharks on almost every dive we did), drift dives, night dives, and a blue
hole!!! Something for everyone.

Aqua Cat did a good job of letting you know in advance what to expect and
what you should bring on your trip. If you have the pleasure of taking a
trip with Aqua Cat bring your favorite DVD or video. Movies were played
nightly in the lounge and it was nice to have a selection of movies to
choose from.

The boat has all the standard safety equipment and the crew explains all
the rules of the boat in a indepth safety briefing. Safety and the the
comfort of the passangers was always addressed by the crew members.

I highly recommend this liveaboard! If you have any questions feel free to
contact me.
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