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Dive Review of AquaCat in
Bahamas/Exumas

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Hansen, CA, USA
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Report Number 989
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
California, Bonaire, Curacao, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Philippines, Cayman
Islands, Hawaii, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
74   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth:  130 ft. Max., less if using Nitrox  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Dedicated camera rinse tanks and one large table.  Outlets nearby for
recharging.  The camera table was a little small for the number of
photographers on this trip.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
The AquaCat is a very comfortable boat with a very good crew.  They went
out of their way to accomodate their passengers.  The boat is in excellent
shape with very large cabins.  There is lots of storage space in the
cabins, and the crew will store your empty suitcases elsewhere on the boat
so you dont't waste cabin storage space on luggage.  The food was very good
and perhaps a little overly plentiful!  It was easy to put on a few extra
pounds during the trip.  Upto five dives a day are possible, including a
night dive on most days.  Most of the rooms had large picture windows, all
the rooms had individual air conditioning controls, private heads and
showers, and even a small refrigerator.  Hot showers were available on the
dive deck.  Nitrox was available for an extra charge, and you had your
choice of tank capacities.  Often there were snacks available on the dive
deck after dives.  Sea kayaking, fishing, lobstering, and shore excursions
were available for no extra charge.

The crew was very safety conscious, often checking the current before
allowing divers to enter the water.  A check-in/check-out board was used to
keep track of divers on board or in the water.  Drift dives were done en
masse.  A chase boat was available in case some divers surfaced far from
the boat.  There was always at least one divemaster or instructor in the
water during the dives.  However, once they were satisfied with your
skills, you could go off and dive your own profile.

The diving was nice, but generally not that exciting.  There were several
nice sites, especially Dog Rocks wall, and at several sites we saw numerous
sharks and large grouper.  However, most of the dives were in fairly
shallow areas with sand and rubble bottom.  The corals were not in very
good shape in some areas, and the fish life could be a little sparse.  Some
of the drift dives were in very minor current, and the divers were herded
together by the divemasters so that we could all be picked up at once.  The
one shark feeding dive was interesting for about 10 minutes, then I
wandered off to try and find other creatures.

My wife and I felt that the service provided by the crew was exceptional,
and that the accomodations were excellent.  The diving ranged from fair to
good.  This is an excellent boat and itinerary for new and intermediate
divers.  Divers with more experience may want to look for something a
little more challenging.

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