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Dive Review of Blackbeards/ Pirates Lady in
Bahamas/Bimini

Blackbeards/ Pirates Lady, Jan, 2003,

by Charles Seder, AZ, USA . Report 665.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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