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Dive Review of Carib Dancer in
Bahamas

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6558
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
worldwide
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
 
Water Temp
26   to 27    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
inside limits for recreational diving  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Carib Dancer Bahamas

I dove the Turks and Caicos for one week and looked around for more of
that, before I head back to Germany. By chance I stumbled across the maiden
voyage of the Carib Dancer out of Nassau and hopped onto that. Maybe it was
not too good an idea, to do an Aggressor Boat and right after join the
next. You would always compare the first with the second one. 
I spent 4 days in Nassau to see places, stayed at Nassau Palm a modest
place but close to downtown. The city is a real hurly burly place,
especially with the huge cruise ships coming into the harbour. Sometimes I
counted 5 of these in port, then  it seemed millions of people would pour
into town. I visited the local straw market, enjoyed meals in fancy and
crazy places like Senior Frog, Fish and Fry, Luciano, Blue, Green Parrot
etc. Nice to see is Potter Cay with stalls offering local specialties like
conch salad, chowder and fritters and a small market with fruits, veggies
and crabs. On Paradise island is the Bahamas handicraft center and not to
be missed Atlantis Hotel/Casino plus Aquaventure waterpark, a beautiful way
to spent one whole day on the beach, in pools, on slides and running down
white water canals sitting in tubes. There are huge aquariums with sharks,
rays, humongous groupers where they offer diving or snorkelling, a dolphin
pool with encounter. In town you will find older places of Bahamas history,
old churches, parks, beautiful beaches.
Dancer has the same customer internet forum asking for arrival date, dive
experience, special requirements as Aggressor. No transfer was provided, so
I had to take a cab to the Marina, walk through customs and security check
and down to the boat. Dancer had most of the amenities of TCA, looked a bit
smaller, had less storage place in the cabin. AC didn´t work well the
first few days, preferred to sleep on deck. There sometimes was a strange
smell coming out of the heads, they managed to get rid of that with
bleacher, the Nitrox compressor didn´t work, so no chance on N-dives
The Dancer was fully booked, mostly US citizens, 3 Germans. Welcome and
information on how to handle things was a bit short, what if procedures
were mentioned in 10 seconds only, nobody wanted to look into my log book,
c-card, physical, DAN insurance, which I found a bit strange. All guys
working on the boat seemed to only slowly getting used to their jobs again.
Kitchen and food was 3 star, they offered gluten free stuff for me. It was
a maiden cruise so naturally all kind of problems appear out of nowhere,
which I had no problems with.
The boat went down to the Exumas and our first dive was on the famous Blue
Hole, which I loved. Again they let me run on rather long leash, so diving
was more enjoyable to me.  Then we were heading further south. Water was 26
 27 degrees C, vis in the shallows sometimes poor, on the walls stunning
down to xxx meters. Like in the Turks most dives went along a reef wall.
Here lots of swim throughs, crevices, tunnels, canyons and boulders invited
to cruising around, sometimes I wondered if I would ever find  my way back
to the mother boat. We had sharks, rays and turtles there, but again not
much of it.  On the edge of the wall were beautiful coral, sponge, gorgonia
and fan gardens with a much better fish population than on the Turks. Night
dives were in these areas, you could find small interesting creatures
everywhere. Once we did a wreck, the Austin Smith. Dive operators from
Nassau started shark feeding here, so some reef sharks were cruising around
hoping to grab some snack.
Nearly everywhere we found lion fish, I doubt the Caribbean will win the
fight against this immigrant, even though they started to put it on the
menu. Weather was cloudy and windy, sometimes even rain, only 2 really good
days with sunshine. 
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