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Dive Review of Blackbeard's/Pirate's Lady in

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jesse H. Scott, NC, USA
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Report Number 3385
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
NC Coast, Honduras, Bon Aire, BVI, AVI, CA Coast, Bermuda, FL Keys, FL
Caves, Quarries, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None except for wall drift dives required group to stay together.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Only a rinse bucket available on the sail boat.  No outside wet table
available.  Table inside main gally.  TV with A/V connections available. 
Power receptacles avaialable for chargers
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Second BB trip for me.  Third for my partner.  My first now that they leave
from Grand Bahamas.  I (and my 16 person trip I lead) knew what to expect
on the liveaboard so no issues there.  My issue was the locations we went
to.  Stayed near GB 1st 2 days in choppy, rainy conditions.  As trip leader
we requested to 'head south' but was told cannot go due to weather.  Around
GB we dove the usual sites also offered by shore based operators so not
much fun for those who have been to Bahamas before.  Went to Gingerbread
Grounds and Bimini next.  Calm seas there.  Much better dive sites.  It
seems that this is the standard routine for BB now based on Chapbook and
other passenger comments.  This will almost certainly be my last BB and the
end of groups I will take there.  As a repeat customer, there is just no
incentive any more since they appear to be sticking to the same routine.

I still recommend BB for first or second timers who understand what they
are getting for the money (see their web site).  However, they set the bar
so high on my first trip with them when shipping out of Miami and making
long runs down the banks as far as Cat Cay; that the current itineraries
seem very so-so in comparison.

Captain and crew were personable.  Meals were fine as usual.  Young dive
master / site briefer was not so good and sometimes gave innacurate
directions around the sites.  He needed a bit more experience.  

No problems with the boat and facilities.  Motored 95% of the trip.  Choppy
conditions near GB were unkind to sea sick prone.  Bimini was much better. 
Chilly rain around GB required a jacket even in June.
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