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Dive Review of Custom Aquatics/Atlantis Resort in
Bahamas/Paradise Island

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Marc Adams, PA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4694
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
California, Mexico, Hawaii, Virgin Islands,Turks and Caicos.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Custom Aquatics is a small husband and wife run dive operation
on New Providence.  They specialize in custom tailored dive trips for small
groups and families.  If you are willing to spend a little more then this
is definitely the way to go. 
     I was diving with my son who was certified last year and before
our trip I discussed our time schedule and dive interests with Fran
from the shop.  Pick up time at our hotel was up to us, and Fran
showed up right in time to take us to their shop.  We were greeted
there by her husband Monty and our gear was loaded onto the boat.  
Water conditions were excellent (conditions apparently deteriorated as the
week went on with higher winds and rougher seas) and they helped us set up
our gear and discussed the plan for the day. I had requested at least one
wreck dive and they had no problem accomadating our request.  We did three
dives with them, a shallow
wreck in about 50-60 feet with excellent (over 100 feet) visibility,
lots of lionfish (they are everywhere now), a shallow reef with plenty of
small tropicals, grouper and decent coral (some algae overgrowth), and to
end the day another shallow wreck in only about
25-30 feet which allowed for long bottom time with good lighting for my
rather primitive camera set up.
     Snacks and drinks were provided and they also had vegetarian fare as
requested for my son.  Overall I was quite pleased with their
level of service.  The chance to request dive sites and dive your own
profile with no rushing to get out of the water to satisfy a bus schedule
made the higher cost compared to larger operations worth it.
Fran and Monty were great to spend the day with and have many years of
experience with the local dive scene. I highly recommend them especially
for a family or small group if you want a customized day of diving in a
relaxed atmosphere.
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