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Dive Review of Bahama Diver/NA in
Bahamas/Paradise Island

Bahama Diver/NA, Oct, 2008,

by Anonymous, GA, USA ( 1 report). Report 4511.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cancun, Bonaire, Far North Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, Phuket, Thailand, Turks and Caicos, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas surge
Water Temp 75 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time limit 40 minutes, no Nitrox available
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments This dive site and operation was the worst ever experienced. The dive site had little or no coral, few fish of any size resulting in an extremely boring dive. I am easily pleased when diving, and have never experienced a boring dive, as there is always something to see. Not on this dive. This was my buddy's first open water dive since becoming certified and he had no desire to return to the water after this first dive as, "it's not worth it". The dive masters did not introduce themselves, pushed the purchase of fish food and attempted to surreptitiously attract fish by dumping "fish" food throughout the dive. Even then, few fish showed up for the free feed. The boat and gear were old and showed many signs of repair. The dive boat did not have enough lead weights to properly configure the weight requirements of the divers. The weights were so beat up, the weight markings were indiscernable, and the divers hefted each weight to attempt to guess the proper weight. The boat engine was turned off by yanking a rope on the engine. The BC's did not use incorporated weights and required the use of separate weight belts. The boat ladder did not provide sufficient hand holds above deck level, requiring hand and knees boarding. Fire extinguisher was present, but I could not locate the oxygen. Water was on board, but not pointed out by the crew and had to be located by the divers. No interval wait time snack (e.g., oranges, sandwich) were provided. During the dive, my buddy was "working" his buoyancy to find his "sweet spot". The dive master swam over and messed with his gear, smacked his hand off his valve and wagged his finger at him. What??? He was not near coral, bottom or causing damage to any coral, since the coral was nonexistent. He was not bouncing at different depths. He was fluctuating between 1 - 2 feet as he adjusted his air, and I was observing his actions to ensure his safety. Also, when my buddy was at surface, the crew asked him to take off his BC and hand it up to the boat (Note: this is his first open water dive after receiving certification and dive operation was made aware of this fact). His response, "uhhh, don't you want my belt first". As he was the last diver in the water, this could have been a serious situation. Fortunately, his level of trust in their capabilities was already compromised and he second guessed their directives. On the second dive there were more fish and coral, but the dive masters continued to feed the fish and yanked critters out of their homes (e.g., lobster) to show the divers. When I refused to partake in their activities, they felt the need to shove the lobster in my face so I could appreciate their helpfulness. The second dive site has numerous (greater than ten) lion fish of great size. (Note: Reportedly, previous laws inadvertantly protected the lion fish, but have recently been changed to allow divers to spear fish the lion fish due to the damage to the reef fish populations). Conversely, the dive shop was excellently appointed with fantastic gear and opportunities to purchase many items. When we had to cancel our second day of diving, due to sinus illness, the dive operation rudely refused to return our prepaid, full priced, fees. We paid $119.00 for a $50.00 dive. As the purpose of our long weekend was specifically to dive and celebrate my buddy's long anticipated certification, the expensive trip was a bust.
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