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Dive Review of Cape Eleuthera's Dive Shop/Cape Eleuthera in
Bahamas/Eleuthera

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Brent Barnes, OK, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6179
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions placed  
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
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Adequate rinse buckets and space for cameras on the boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
3 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
My family spent a week and did extensive diving with Cape Eleuthera in
southern Eleuthera and found this to be an outstanding dive trip. We
researched Eleuthera and found very little about diving on south Eleuthera
but after spending a week there would highly recommend it for divers who
are not concerned about extensive night life activities and prefer quiet
locations. Eleuthera is only 1 - 2 miles in width but is over 100 miles
long and has three airports. It is important to know which airport you are
flying into as it can take 3 hours to travel the length of the island.
Flights from the U.S. generally fly to the North Eleuthera airport, and
that is where you will find the cheaper flights. Most tourists fly into
that aiport and stay on Harbour Island or the north part of the island. We
flew into the North Eleuthera airport and rented a minivan for the week.
Our entire reservations were done through Cape Eleuthera resort as they
offered a special for two free airline tickets when staying at their resort
for over 5 days which was an outstanding deal for my family. When we
arrived at the airport, our minivan was not there. We called the resort and
they quickly arranged for a air-conditioned minivan taxi to transport our
family to their resort on the south island. This was a 2.5 hour drive. The
cab driver allowed us to stop at a grocery store in Rock Sound on the way
to the resort to purchase groceries. The Cape Eleuthera resort is
magnificent. There are approximately 18 - 20 two story condos that are
fully furnished. We stayed in a beatiful 2-BR condo and loved it. The
resort is right on the tip of a cape between Exuma Sound and the Blight of
Eleuthera and is quiet and beautiful. It has a full marina, it's own dive
shop and a small grocery store though you will need to go to a grocery
store in Rock Sound for more extensive groceries. You can order loaves of
wonderful fresh baked bahamian bread from the hotel snack bar. The condos
sit right on the marina and there is an extensive collection of sharks that
hang out right at the marina. Fisherman will clean their catch right
outside the condos and the sharks congregate there. There were generally 3
- 15 large nurse sharks in the 10 feet of water steps outside our back
door. We snorkeled with them several times. I am told that lemon sharks and
the occasional bull shark will frequent this area on the marina in search
of fish scraps. We dove with Cape Eleuthera Divers, run by Neal Watson who
was absolutely outstanding. Our emails in advance were answered by Neal and
we did 2-tank morning and afternoon dives with him daily. Nitrox was
available, the boat was large enough to easily accomodate 16 - 20 divers
but we never had more than 8 and Neal was happy to take out several trips
with only two of us. Dive sites were 10 - 45 minutes away from the resort,
usually 15 - 20 minutes or so. As is typical of the Bahamas, the visibility
was outstanding, usually over 100 feet. We did 14 dives through the week
and repeated a dive site only once at our request. Cape Eleuthera sits on
the Exuma Sound with a vertical wall not far off the shore so there is
extensive wall diving. The coral is much healthier than in New Providence
and fish life was good. There was not a huge amoung of large fish. There
are virtually no wrecks in southern Eleuthera though a barge was sunk
several years ago and is beginning to have growth and is interesting to
dive. I would highly recommend diving the Drug Smuggler's Airplane Wreck
which was a small plane flown by a drug smuggler that went down at night.
It is largely intact and makes for great wide-angle photos. On that dive we
saw a pod of 5 large eagle rays. Do not miss diving the Fish Cage. This is
a unique dive with the potential to be one of the better dives in all of
the Bahamas. It is a very large structure placed by the Island School there
and sits in about 85 feet of water coming up to within 30 feet of the
surface. It is used to grow cobia as sustainable food products
ecologically. Obviously, the high concentration of fish attracts sharks and
larger fish. There were no cobia in the fish cage when we dove, but we
still had an 8-foot bull shark that stayed with us for the entire dive and
were briefly visited by a 10-foot great hammerhead. It was interesting to
see some of the holes in the netting of the fish cage as the resident bull
sharks routinely try to tear into the cage to get access to the cobia. Also
highly recommended is Christmas Tree Reef which is a site on the wall where
some feeding of sharks have occurred in the past. This was a beautiful wall
dive and we were visited by 8 - 10 caribbean reef sharks who stayed with us
for most of the dive. Neal Watson was great to dive with, he is very laid
back and there were virtually no restrictions on our diving. A guide was
always available but we did not have to follow them and usually dove our
own profile. We are extensive photographers and a large rinse bucket was
available and are cameras were taken care of well. Overall, we found the
diving on south Eleuthera to be very good with outstanding visibility,
health corals, stunning walls and fairly good macro life. We saw more
lettuce leaf slugs than most other places and several nudibranches, mantis
shrimp and other macro critters. When staying at Cape Eleuthera, do rent a
car as there are several places on the southern island to visit. I am
generally not a big beach person, but the 4th Hole Beach at Cape Eleuthera
was outstanding. Do not miss visiting the southern Lighthouse beach at the
very tip of the island. It is a challenge to get to as the last several
miles are unpaved road but if you go slowly you can make it safely, even in
a minivan. The beach is one of the most stunning beaches I have seen and
the best part was that there was no other person that could be seen for
miles. Also, note that the Cape Eleuthera resort does not have a pool but
it really is not needed as the swimming is good.  There is a quarter of a
mile channel cut from the ocean to the bay and it is a blast to swim or
snorkel that when the tide is running in or out. The kids loved floating
down it on inner tubes that we had brought from home. We mostly ate at the
small restaurant at Cape Eleuthera and made many of our own meals. I would
highly recommend the Four Points Italian restaurant in Rock Sound. Overall,
Cape Eleuthera is a great choice for those looking for excellent diving,
very nice accomadations, superb and deserted beaches and quiet with little
night life. 
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By twodiver at May 06, 2013 10:30 EST  
Hey Brent-

Do you have an email address and/or link for the resort? I have googled it
and keep getting Trip Advisor.

David Vickery
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