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Dive Review of Aquacat in
Bahamas/Exynas

Aquacat, Oct, 2005,

by Juli Tracy, CA, USA . Report 2385.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Various Caribbean, Palua, Fiji, Yap, Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No one checked, but 100 feet or so was specified as the limit. Nitrox divers, of course, had their own limits.
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 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great camera tables, rinse tanks and charging stand. Lots of space and knowledgeable dive professionals aboard. Hookups for TV and DVDs to show pictures at night. Care taken with cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is our 4th or 5th time on the Aquacat and this was a two week trip, so we were really looking forward to it. The first week was beautifully calm and diving was the usual good walls and gardens, with some unusual dive sites (for the Aquacat) thrown in. The crew, dive staff and captain and everyone else, was friendly, organized and ran a safe and organized operation. Then, the second week, as we were in Georgetown in the Lower Exumas, the beginnings of Hurricane Rita moved in!! We were anchored for a couple of days at Georgetown, Great Exuma, waiting for the storm to blow over, then had some more days of low vis diving, due to the storm. If the weather hadn't kicked in, this would have been an excellent trip. We highly recommend the Aquacat, for good diving, excellent accommodations, good food and most of all, a very competent and knowledgeable crew. Just try to miss the hurricanes! (Although, even at that, Captain Mark gave us the best dives possible.)
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