Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
 

Dive Review of Dancer in
Bahamas/Exuma Islands

Dancer, May, 2012,

by Stephen Kouri, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 6566.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Kona, Maui, Cozumel, Figi, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, Belize, and Komodo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi in tank and don't violate computer
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments When reading this review keep in mind that we've measured this trip against the standard set by other dancer/aggressor fleet operations (We've been on several) and this was the second outing for this boat in the bahamas which was reflected in a significant discount on the price.

Boat

This boat is in the shakeout phase in this location. There were several boat issues unrelated to the crew. No Nitrox, leaks causing wet carpets and AC issues (Some cabins hot while others were meat lockers).

The crew worked diligently to overcome these issues that should have been dealt with in dry dock, but were playing catch up the entire cruise. I wouldn't call the conditions intolerable, but certainly well below the standards set on the other boats in the dancer/aggressor fleet.

Diving

Bahamas is a good location for novice to lightly experienced divers. The fish and coral are a step down from Caymans, but still very nice. Novice divers should beware the strong currents associated with tidal flows on some shallow dives.

Most of the diving is in little to no current. Entry is off the back of the boat so it is very easy diving. We dove our own profile so we didn't deal with the dive masters much.

One dive that stood out was the Blue Hole, which was packed with sharks, turtles, large schools of reef fish and several crustaceans.

The size of the crabs, lobsters and the number of sharks encountered was a pleasant surprise.

A 3mm wetsuit with a hooded vest was sufficient even when we were cold from receptive dives. Sometimes we wore both, but most of the time just a 3 mm full suit.

Summary

Most of the problems we encountered hopefully will be resolved in the coming months. It's a nice location with the benefit of US customs in the the Bahamas airport. A good location when you have a group of divers with a mix of experience.

Was this report helpful to you?
Bookmark and Share
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 361 dive reviews of Bahamas andall other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Want to assemble your own collection of Bahamas reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update,
and a sample issue!



Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.