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May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Warren Sprung, TX, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 4140
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Fiji, Palau, Socorro, Red Sea, Indonesia,
Galapagos, Los Roques, Gulf Of Mexico, Florida Keys.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

cloudy, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 FSW W/EAN.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Great 3-level camera table and charging booth on dive deck. Fresh water
tank for camera gear and another with soap for wetsuits.  All water changed
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
The good is that the Bahamas diving was much better than we ever expected! 
Saw a couple of hammerheads and plenty of turtles and reef sharks.  Coral
appeared healthy, vis was always good.  I'd highly recommend it.

The boat is a bit shopworn.  There were 17 divers, and were told an
unusually large % of us were using Nitrox, which required the use of the
A/C compressors to be taken away from air-conditioning (learn something new
every day). We probably averaged 25% Nitrox.  Consequences was it was hot
in the cabins and eating areas all day every day.  At night the cabins all
cooled off very nicely. And cabins were cleaned thoroughly each morning.

This crew is off the scale wonderful!  Every person equalled or surpassed
any and every live-aboard we've ever been on.  My wife has a replaced knee
and the other is about to be replaced; the crew almost fought over which of
them would carry her gear down to the platform and help her put it on. 
Same at the end of her dives.  Remarkable service from Captain Lowell on

Dive briefings were thorough and there were always 2 divemasters in the
water, one for a long dive--the other for a shorter dive.  You could follow
either or neither as you wished.

On one dive a diver had forgotten to open her air valve all the way.  She
was in front of us with her dive buddy right at hand.  All of a sudden
Captain Lowell shot in front of us to hand her his regulator before her
dive buddy (or we) even knew what was happening.  That kind of attention
was paid to all of uson the boat and in the water.

One tip: if you go, try to go through Ft. Lauderdale rather than Miami. 
Much easier transit both ways.
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