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Dive Review of Blackbeard's cruises in

Blackbeard's cruises, Dec, 2002,

by Raj Popli, CA, USA . Report 312.

No photos available at this time

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
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.

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 76-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

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
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
UW Photo Comments One camera rinsing container, were told water will not be changed during the trip. No camera table except lunch table.
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