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Dive Review of Cat Island Dive Center in
Bahamas/Cat Island

Cat Island Dive Center, Mar, 2006,

by Thomas Wittig, ohio, usa . Report 2346.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Saba, St Maarten, St. Kitts, Dominican Republic, Tulum (mexico), Barbados, Nassau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 75 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive within your skill level, come up when computer indicates or air level dictates. No-deco diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Stayed 7 nights at Greenwood Beach Resort on Cat Island in the southern Bahamas. First of all, Cat Island is NOT for everyone. The island is quite undeveloped so if you want casinos, nightlife, our touristy stuff go elsewhere. No TV or phone in the rooms. That being said, my wife and I greatly enjoyed our stay here. Just bring some reading material and relax in one of the hammocks or on the 8 mile stretch of beach at Greenwood.

Greenwood was a serviceable resort, fairly small (20 rooms), with good food. The meal plan was $48 a day per person. There are few alternative dining options. Closest restaurant was 30 minutes and car rental was $75 for the one day we did rent. Breakfast was nice with the usual fare - eggs, pancakes, cereal, yogurt, toast, fruit and juices. Dinner was also quite good. We had lobster 2 nights, fresh (same day) grouper, and Bahamian style chicken. I tend to be a "picky eater" and never went hungry. The food was much better than any of the all-inclusives I have stayed at. Greenwood has an honor bar for entertaining yourself in the evening.

The diving. Cat Island Dive Center is located on site. Divemaster Richy is a seasoned pro who is making improvements to the operation. Rental gear was fine and tank fills were good - never had anything come up short. 2-tank dive is $95 plus rental gear. I thought this was steep at first but this is a very remote location and it drives the price up. After diving here I would pay more !

Cat Island has spectacular wall diving. It really is amazing, I can't use enough superlatives to describe it. I did 8 dives here with 7 of them on different spots along the wall. I was never disappointed and the coral formations rival Saba although there were not as many big fish. Most of the sites have nice swim throughs that open up into the abyss. Amazing. I never saw another diver and it was just the divemaster and me all 4 days. There was never any mention of not going because there were not enough people. Most sites were within 20 minutes of the dock.

Richy allowed me to dive my own profile. We would go deep on the wall and then slowly ascend as computer indicated. The only restriction was that it had to be a no-deco dive profile. The wall is truly amazing. Coral formations have lots of interesting nooks and crevices for exploring with a light.

Saw a big white tip at our safety stop at hole-in-the-wall which was my favorite dive site. Also saw a school of dolphin but we were already on the boat. We dropped the mooring line and the dolphins rode the bow plane for a while. Lots of good macro subjects.

I would definitely return.
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