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Dive Review of Blackbeards/ Pirates Lady in
Bahamas/Bimini

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Charles Seder, AZ, USA
Report Number 665
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Hawaii, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
68   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on boat at 500psi, Stay above 130ft. no Deco diving  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
These boats are not for anyone who has the slightest problem with
seasickness or aspiration pneumonia. The time of year we went may have
contibuted to the problem. Seas did get rough. One day it was bad enough
that dives were cancelled due to unsafe conditions entering and exiting
water. Fortunatly we had a cabin to ourselves that had excellent A.C. so we
were able to suffer in privacy. The dives we were able to do were all
excellent. The fish were plentiful and varied. Sharks were seen on dives
other than the shark feed. My two main complaints are: 1. Crew failed to
check up on us while we were ill. We could have been dead in the cabin and
they would not have known. 2. After a diver error DCS hit on the other
boat, our divemaster became over cautious. He would not allow us to do a
requested dive to repeat a wall starting at 115 ft because divers had been
drinking the night before. I do not drink, but I do know that everyone was
having fun but were not intoxicated. The divemaster for the other boat was
seen staggering drunk to the point of almost falling off the dock. To
punish us for the actions of a diver on the other boat was not right. Even
though we will not dive with Blackbeards again I would recomend it as a
great value with superb diving for those who don't mind camping on a boat.
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