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Dive Review of Aquacat in
Bahamas/Exumas

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Ronald Johnson, TX, United States
Report Number 1798
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Everywhere in the Caribbean, Bonaire, Truk, Hawaii and several bad fresh
water lakes.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
dry  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None.  Use your head and don't be stupid.  
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
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Like so many UW sites, if you know where and when to look, you will find
something there.   Aquascapes were beautiful, fish OK, macro stuff was
sparse.
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
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We've never been on a liveaboard where the crew bent over backwards and
anticipated our needs as well as this group did.  1 crew member for every 2
guests.  They were ALL spectacular.  The best in the Caribbean.
Unfortunately the lettuce algae is taking over the Exumas.  It is
smothering the coral and needs to be pulled up or more sea urchins need to
be introduced.  The Aquacat group is do just that.
Several were disappointed in the visibility and lack of fish.  I was busy
with my eye to my camera and it was great for me!
Cabin 11 is small, cramped, and should come with a significant price
discount.
We were on the Aquacat in September of 03 and the fish were much more
plentiful!  However, the crew has maintained the ship and it's as good now
as then.  More kudos to the Captain and their crew.
The Captain asked to see my log book and made sure to take us places that
we had not visited in 2003.  We made it all the way to Little San Salvador.
 Be sure to ask the Captain's to take you out there.
Be sure to ask to dive "The Washing Machine".  What a spectacular
adventure!
I've seen several shark dives but this Aquacat dive was the best!  8-10
foot sharks who know their place in the food chain.  Well orchestrated and
very safe dive.  Be sure to make this one.
The Aggressor Fleet needs to take some lessons from Bruce Purdy and his
group aboard The Aquacat. 
Regarding the Aquacat:  If there is nothing better, one just has to settle
for First Class.  Dive cheerfully!
Ron
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