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Dive Review of Blackbeard Cruises/Aquacat in

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by EMP, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 4550
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Curacao, Belize, Saba, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The Bad: 1) Towels in the cabins are only changed every few days, so it
feels as if they are always wet.  You get 1 dive deck towel per day, so
you're drying off all day with a wet towel. 2)Recommend having two dive
masters in the water. There were 5 divemasters onboard, and I only recall
the shark dive with more than 1 divemaster. On the first diving day, the
divemaster leading the dive got reckless (possibly narc'd?), got lost and
some divers needed rescuing (hence the *** for beginner diving). 3) They
allowed guests to fish & spear, which I found to be quite contrary
since fishlife wasn't abundant (hence the ** for environmental
sensitivity). While they served  the fish that were caught, the giant
lobster that was speared by a guest mysteriously disappeared. 
The Good: 1) Two enclosed showers on the deck were very convenient 2)
Captain Ron did a great job   3) Boat had a very spacious layout 4)
Non-diving activities such as snorkeling, island excursions were fun.
Fishing & spearing were also offered. 

Additional Comments: 1) While we weren't hassled about the tipping as I've
read in other posts, its made very obvious that a minimum tip of $300 per
person is expected and $440 is preferred.  2) The $65 DVD offered was on
the skimpy side compared to DVDs we've acquired on other liveaboards, and
the $40 photo CD was bare bones and appeared that the photos had been
downloaded from the camera into two folders: one with 'good' photos and
another with the 'bad' photos. Photo CD's we've acquired on other
liveaboards were put to music, the photos cleaned up, i.e., some effort had
been made to put together a nice collection of photos. 3) The after dive
snacks pretty much consisted of fruit/muffins/cookies which were put out in
the morning and meant to be our in between snacks all day. Other
liveaboards offered different and fresh snacks in between each dive. 

Overall, the trip was nice and we had fun. Although I don't think we would
repeat this trip, we met others onboard who were enthusiastic repeat

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