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Dive Review of Blackbeard's cruises in
Bahamas

December, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Raj Popli, CA, USA
Report Number 312
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, St. Martin, Bahamas, spain, Hawaii, Indonesia, Monterey, CA
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Buddy dive, guide available if requested, 500 PSI on return, not sure if
anybody checked  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
One camera rinsing container, were told water will not be changed during
the trip. No camera table except lunch table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
This is my 3rd live aboard trip. First the positives:
- Enthusiastic crew, have knowledge of the dive sites, and one adavantage
of camping style living arrangement is camaraderie, which develops among
the divers quickly.
Now the negatives:
- Very small boat, with the result, no place to lounge around after the
dives, (unless you like sitting on a hard bench above dive gear bins in the
sun)
- Will do mostly 3 dives a day (couple of days 4 dives a day during the
whole trip). On a per dive basis, it is definitely not half the cost of
other liveaboards, as Blackbeard advertises. In fact, it is about the same
cost.   
- Since middle bunks share the same space as kitchen area, you will be the
first to know what is cooking for breakfast.
- I am sure if chef had more elbow room, he could have done a better job of
cooking. He had a very small (maybe 2 x 3 ft.) patch to work in.    
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