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

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Thomas Wittig, ohio, usa
Report Number 2346
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Saba, St Maarten, St. Kitts, Dominican Republic, Tulum (mexico), Barbados,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
75   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
dive within your skill level, come up when computer indicates or air level
dictates.  No-deco diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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

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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