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Dive Review of Blackbeard's Cruises (Sea Explorer) in
Bahamas

Blackbeard's Cruises (Sea Explorer), Dec, 2003,

by W Patrick Resen, CT, USA . Report 866.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving GBR Australia, Bonaire, Kona-Hawaii, California, Caymans
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 74 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Standard: 130', no drinking and diving, dive buddy required.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Blackbeard's is often described as camping at sea and the term is apt, though I was in the bow cabin and, with four racks and only two of us in it, there was plenty of room and reasonable privacy. Much less privacy if you are in the main cabin/salon, but the berths are larger there. The crew was great. Bill the captain was highly experienced, safety conscious, and had a fine dry sense of humor. Kate the cook did wonders considering the budget and space, but as one would expect the menus leaned toward carbs. Good salads and desserts with every lunch and dinner. The rest of the crew was good, too and the entire crew worked very hard to make it a good trip. We hit some bad weather and Bill worked mightily to get us to good diving and as many dives in as possible. They worked hard, and pleasantly, to accomodate requests. We did lose a day and a half of diving to the weather, but the boat can't control that. We spent the time in Alice Town, Bimini, a place not worth near that much time, even if you like Hemingway. We traveled a lot to find divable weather. It's not fancy and not supposed to be; it is cheap and a lot for the money.
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