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Dive Review of Blackbeard's Cruises in
Bahamas

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Frick, IL, USA
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1075
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Hawaii, Florida Keys, various Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy  
Seas
calm, surge  
Water Temp
83   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to the boat with 500 p.s.i. or more.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Dedicated camera rinse tank.  No dedicated work area for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Know what you are getting into here & you won't be disappointed. 
"Camping at sea" is an apt description.  Jolly shipmates, good
weather and a good crew will all add up to a good or even great experience.
 The 65' boats accomodate up to 23 divers plus 6 crew but conditions are
crowded & privacy is non-existant.  Our trip departed Miami @ 3:00 p.m.
on Sat. & we disembarked the following Fri. @ 9:00 a.m.  On our
crossing to Bimini, we encountered a school of dolphin which made for a
good photo op.  After clearing customs in Bimini, we headed south for their
first trip to Cay Sal of the year.  It was a long trip under motor and sail
but diving the Big Blue Hole and the Red Hole down there was worth it. 
Calm winds at this time of the year meant that we raised the sail to add
another knot or so to our speed but there was not enough wind to simply
sail with no motor.  Food was plentyful but uninspired.  Diving (18 dives,
including 2 night dives) was good but not outstanding.  The crew was very
nice and did all they could to make the trip a success.  Capt. Earnie did
an outstanding job.  Engineer Clay kept systems running on the Morning
Star.  Every boat has its quirks and persistent problems and these
well-used boats are no exception.  Bring small clamps purchased at your
local home center instead of clothes pins for hanging items out to dry. 
Consider foam earplugs for a more peaceful night's sleep, especially if you
are berthed in the salon area where everyone eats.

Stack the odds in your favor: Go when warmer water reduces your need for
thermal protection.  Go when warmer weather and calmer seas mean a smoother
crossing from Miami and reduced need for clothing.  Bring along plenty of
buddies for a friendly atmosphere and a solid voting block to influence any
decisions offered up for a vote by the captain.
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