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Dive Review of Cape Eleuthera Divers/Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina in
Bahamas/Eleuthera

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Robert A Sugarman, FL, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6081
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
70   to 120    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
no restrictions  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
	The service and friendliness of Neal Watson, Jr.s Cape Eleuthera Divers
were the best weve experienced.  Each days dives were decided upon after
consulting with the divers according to our desired profiles, what we
wanted to see, and what sites were available during a clear, sunny, but
windy week.  The protected harbor around Cape Eleuthera meant calm waters
and easy access off and on the boat even when the windward side of the Cape
was very windy.  Neal or his partner Emily guided those of us who wanted a
guided dive and showed us the swim-throughs and interesting critters, while
those who preferred to dive separately in buddy pairs were told to take as
long as they wanted underwater and allowed to dive their own profiles.  
	After we checked into the resort, Neal found us at the restaurant at
dinnertime and came by our townhouse to pick up our gear.  Each morning it
was set up and ready on the boat and rinsed and hung for us after each
days diving.  Nitrox was available and a separate rinse tank for cameras
was on board.  Pickup was at 9 or 9:30 each morning, either at the dock
about 80 yards from our townhouse, or during high tide, at the seawall dock
outside our back door.  Boat rides to the sites were 10-15 minutes with
relaxed surface intervals on the boat.  
	The reefs had good relief, interesting swim-throughs, tunnels and chutes,
and the walls start at 60, plunging straight down to almost 2000.  The
reefs are under stress due to a cover of lettuce algae, but theres good
color and coral at the tops in shallower waters.  The amount of fish was
wasnt great, but the variety was.  The there werent a lot of fish at
depth, but in the shallower parts of the reef there was a respectable
amount and several of the swim-throughs protected schools of silversides.
In addition to all of the usual Caribbean reef fish and rays, during our 6
days of diving we saw two hammerheads, a bull shark, some large Nassau and
black groupers and a couple Goliaths, some large crabs, the biggest lobster
wed seen in  years (lobster season had just ended a couple months earlier
so there werent many others), a nudibranch, and some tiny shrimp found by
Neal or Emily.  
	The highlight of each dive was keeping tally of Neals lionfish hunt. 
Most dives hed spear 3-8 of the invaders.  He filleted the larger ones and
one night we enjoyed them for dinner, cooked to order at the resorts
restaurant.
	The Cape Eleuthera Resort is modern, clean, and the townhouses are
luxurious.  We had a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, waterfront townhouse all to
ourselves, with a modern kitchen and hundreds of cable channels.  The
washer and dryer in the unit gave us the opportunity to just strip off our
dive swimsuits, rash guards and t-shirts, throw them in the washer, and
have a clean set for the next day.  The guests at the resort are an
interesting mix of divers, families, and boaters, many of whom sleep on
their yachts in the marina.  The resorts staff was friendly and eager to
be helpful. We were on the all-inclusive plan, which included all meals,
from a menu that had limited variety.  The dining staff and cooks were most
cordial, and willing to cook things in different and interesting ways even
though they werent on the menu (such as granting our requests for chicken
Bahamian style, cracked conch, curried conch, and conch chowder and making
Neals fresh-caught lionfish one of the tastiest and sweetest fresh fish
weve had.)  There were 2 uncrowded beaches, well equipped with lounge
chairs, shade, and hammocks, each about a 10 minute walk or 5 minute bike
ride from our townhouse, one on the leeward and one on the windward side of
the Cape. 
	Neal is welcoming and gracious host and a great storyteller.  He knows the
local area,  reefs and waters, and how to really make you feel that youre
on vacation.  Our weeks stay was relaxing, fun, and safe with good company
and good diving  everything that a dive vacation should be.  
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