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Dive Review of Aqua Cat in
Bahamas/Exumas

Aqua Cat, Aug, 2003,

by Allison Ashnault, CA, USA . Report 658.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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