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Dive Review of Aquacatcruises.com/Aquacat in
Bahamas/Exumas and Eleuthera

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, United States
Contributor   (13 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4148
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea (Israel, Egypt), Atlantic (NJ, FL Keys, Ft. Lauderdale), Carribean
(St. Croix, Nevis, Jamaica, NW Bahamas, Cay Sal area), Dutch Springs
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 feet max. or Nitrox limit (fills normally 33%).
No drinking before end of dive day.
"Enforced" is too strong a word. These were announced but never
checked.  
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
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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
Two big rinse tanks on dive deck are dedicated to cameras. Roomy semi-dry
assembly/disassembly area on dive deck with low-pressure air blowers. Dry
areas on dive deck for charging.
Only one customer-accessible PC for viewing or basic editing (but most
photographers have laptops).
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  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was my second trip. Aquacat is first-class! Boat is very well
maintained and well run. Staff are outstanding. Dive deck is very well
designed and quite spacious. (With a max load of 24 passengers, every third
tank space on the diver's bench was occupied). The food is wonderful, and
very good beer and wine are unlimited. The cabins are spacious and very
comfortable as well. I take the only half-size cabin (bunk beds instead of
two twin beds), which is fine and costs significantly less.
Dives are a good mix of shallow, deep, wall or hole, and drift. Shark feed
is well run(no stupid divemaster in armor teaching sharks to take food from
human hands or faces).
The itinerary is set up for mostly calm water, with only a couple of 2-hour
passages that might actually rock the boat.
There are interesting shore excursions most days.
Two opportunities for improvement:
1) There should be rinse tanks for suits and gear during the week. Now the
only way to rinse something is to take it into the excellent shower stalls
on the dive deck (which is wasteful and less effective).
2) Some divers on this trip were very destructive. They wore gloves,
grabbed everything in sight and tore off coral and sponges, kicked and laid
on the reefs, etc. The staff is understandably reluctant to offend paying
customers, but the dive briefings should emphasize "don't touch".
I'd also like to see gloves banned.
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