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Dive Review of Blackbeard/Sea Explorer in
Bahamas

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, USA
Report Number 1221
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, North Sea, Med, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
27   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
The divemaster asked divers to return within a specified time . . . but no
one got ugly if someone was late.  
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
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
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  
Comments
No specific facilities for UWP, but the boat did provide a separate fresh
water tub for cameras.  One diver made frequent use of the boat's TV to
show his photos.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Captain and crew were first class.  They went out of their way to make the
passengers comfortable and to create an enjoyable experience.  Already
cramped quarters would have been worse if the boat had a full compliment of
passengers.  If you are ultra-modest, maybe you better go elsewhere. 
Captain tried to get us to good dive sites; with a couple of exceptions,
the sites were okay, but not terribly exciting and certainly not
challenging.  Good experience for novice divers.  Best sites: MS Hesperus
at night (lots of loggerhead turtles); Bull Run (shark feed); South Peak
(what a wall!).  The shark feed was well managed; diver safety came first,
also responsible treatment of sharks (sharks seen only at Bull Run).  Food
was plentiful, lots of seconds; drinks and snacks available 24 hours.  Most
of the time we had clear skies, but occasionally a squall.  Definately pack
a rain suit; there isn't much cover on deck.  Wet suit not necessary, but
my shortie was comfortable.  Keep in mind there could be jellyfish (I still
have a mark from a sea wasp, 30 days later).  Visits to Bimini are a nice
break, just don't expect much (stay away from the guy with the coconuts); a
visit to Andros is a waste of time.  It's a long haul to and from Miami. 
Overall a worthwhile trip; good value for your money; don't expect to be
pampered.
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