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Dive Review of Custom Aquatics/Hilton in

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Davis, NJ, US
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Report Number 3975
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Grand Bahama, St.Croix, Cozumel, Florida, Bora Bora, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
I've been diving for almost 15 years, but this was my 16-year-old son's
first dive trip after certification.  It was all we could have hoped for. 
Custom Aquatics is a 2-person operation that works as a private charter. 
Fran and Monte were delightful to dive with.  We were picked up at our
hotel in the late morning (no crack of dawn wakeup calls), and just the 2
of us went out and reached the dive sites as Stuart Cove's big boats were
leaving.  We generally had the reef to ourselves.  Fran and Monte took
turns leading the dive or minding the boat, and were good at pointing out
fish life.  No sharks or dolphins, but tons of grouper, stingrays, and as
wide a range of tropicals as anyone could want.  We also dove a few wrecks,
but with this operation you can go where you want, conditions permitting. 
This individual service was significantly more expensive than most dive
operations, but it was well worth it.  We brought our gear down the first
day and never had to touch it again.  Swim back to the boat, Fran or Monte
would lift it off my back while still in the water and it would be set up
on the next tank before I climbed up the ladder. Beverages and lunch were
provided. On one dive the last day Monte took photos which were later sent
to us on CD. If you want to avoid cattle car diving, and are willing to pay
for it, this is a fabulous operation.  
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