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Dive Review of Dive Abaco/House rented on Tillo Cay in
Bahamas/Tilloo Cay, Abaco

Dive Abaco/House rented on Tillo Cay, Apr, 2007,

by Michael Marmesh, FL, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 3465.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Caymans, Roatan, Costa Rica, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica, Saba, Virgin Islands and others
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Rented a house on Tilloo Cay and a boat on Marsh Harbor to commute around the local cays. We did six dives with Dive Abaco. It's the first time I've seen a boat loaded with nothing but 63 c.f. tanks. We still got decent bottom time because 5 of the dives didn't exceed 35 ft. Last dive was to 65 ft. and we got to see 3 reef sharks deep and a nurse shark in the shallows.

Fish life within the local marine park was pretty good. Outside the park, the Abacos being a big sport fishing destination, not so hot. After the briefing you could dive your own plan, but following the guide weaving through multiple swim-throughs was also fun. Especially good was the site called Cathedral.

This was a situation where the attitude of Keith, the owner-operator, made all the difference. his genuine enjoyment of sharing his knowledge of the big and small stuff pf his underwater world was infectious. He brought out the most enjoyable aspects of simple shallow dives. And he had a nice gentle technique for correcting buoyancy problems and streamlining gear for those who hadn't been diving for awhile or who were new to the sport.

This is a good operation for beginners to finish their open water certifications and get in a few easy starter dives. For the experienced it's relaxed diving with enough to see to entertain you.

P.S. Ben. Please keep pushing to protect the marine environment and fight global warming. I've been diving for more than 40 years and can't believe how much the Caribbean has taken a turn for the worse. We had 2 divers, a father and son, with 7 year-old grandson, Jake, who snorkeled on the Dive Abaco boat with us. And it made me wonder what we'd have left by the time Jake had a son he could take out diving. At one site on this trip I saw one beautiful stand of staghorn coral, surrounded by multiple dead formations. It was like seeing the last passenger pigeon. Uncontrolled algae overgrowth and increased water temps (85 degrees at 100 ft.) are bad signs. Keep speaking out.
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