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

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Marmesh, FL, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3465
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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

Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  

Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
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

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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