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Dive Review of Blackbeard's -- Morning Star/Nassau Harbour Club in
Bahamas/Exumas and Eleutheras

Blackbeard's -- Morning Star/Nassau Harbour Club: "Great trip, fantastic crew, and tons of fun on the Morning Star!", May, 2017,

by Nancy Boore, MD, US ( 1 report). Report 9621.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Pompano.
Closest Airport Nassau (NAS) Getting There Took Southwest from Baltimore to Fort Lauderdale, with a layover in Lauderdale before flying into Nassau with Southwest. Getting through immigration was a breeze. Arranged transportation ahead of time through Blackbeard's, taxi was waiting for me when I arrived, and took me to the Nassau Harbour Club. Same for the flight back to Baltimore. Cost was $15 one way, so $30 total.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Guidance was to dive to your training level, don't dive beyond your certification level, no solo diving, no deco diving. No limits placed on dive time, but try to stay to about an hour. Generally had a 2hr surface interval between dives, that was spent motoring to the next dive site.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Bare minimum for cameras, had a freshwater tank and camera table, but that was about it. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This was my first liveaboard, and I really looked forward to this trip with Blackbeard's. I read just about all of the reviews on Undercurrent and on other sites, and just about everyone sang praises and had positive comments about the crew, the diving, and the camaraderie they experienced on the trip. They weren't kidding! This trip was well worth the money, the diving was fantastic, the crew was phenomenal, and I had a blast.

The boat I went out on was the Morning Star, and we had 23 pax on board with 5 crew: Captain Red, First Mate Iain, Engineer Tamlyn (Tammy), Divemaster Justin, and Cook Gladys. We boarded at noon on 27 May, and received a quick intro of all the crew, and a briefing from Captain Red, who gave us our bunk assignments. My bunk was in the main salon, a 2-person bunk that I had all to myself, which was great. We unpacked our bags and got settled in, had lunch, and pulled out of port to our first dive site, which was the Blue Hole. Captain Red said they usually save that dive site for last, but the weather forecast for later in the week wasn't looking good, so he decided to go there first, which ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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