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

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by W Patrick Resen, CT, USA
Report Number 866
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
GBR Australia, Bonaire, Kona-Hawaii, California, Caymans
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
74   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Standard: 130', no drinking and diving, dive buddy required.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
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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