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Dive Review of Hawk's Nest Resort in
Bahamas/Cat Island

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Karin Doggett, VA, United States
Report Number 1123
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Curacao, Cozumel, NC, other Bahama areas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety was a concern, which we appreciated.  We all dove with computers and
air consumption was similar so it worked fine for us.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Nothing was provided for UWPs.  I had a digital Canon with housing and
poured fresh water on housing and wrapped in damp towels between dives and
could wash it off once back at shop.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Overall we had a wonderful vacation at this resort.  My buddy suffered from
DCS last year after diving in Coz so we were looking for a laid back and
safe facility and that's exactly what we found.  Randy, the divemaster, was
extremely patient, allowing us to decide what type of dive to do and also
willing to take us on more advanced dives when we chose.  We had him to
ourselves for all but two dives.
The routine:  We would meet somewhere around 10:00 a.m. and eventually make
our way to a dive site where we dove a safe profile.  Randy was both dive
master and captain so he'd tie up to the mooring, throw over the anchor
into sand (and dig it down deep once he was in the water), call our
location in and ETA back on board to his wife, J.R. in the office.
We did some wall dives and tunnels in our first dives when it felt right. 
Then we'd head back to the marina for a break, including lunch he'd called
in on the radio which would either be waiting for us at the marina club
house or soon delivered.
After lunch and a brief rest, we'd gear up again and go to the shallow
dive.  The only downside would be that we'd all get back somtimes rather
late, but we were visiting and chatting a lot so this was something we
could have rushed if we'd wanted, but chose not to.
There are no night dives, due to sharks I'm told.
We'd move our gear to the locked, airy area to rinse and dry before either
getting a ride or riding our bikes back (over 1/4 mile) to the area of the
resort where our rooms, honor bar, and restaurant were located.  We really
enjoyed the bikes once we got them, as opposed to rides.  Rides back and
forth were never a problem if we chose, however.  We carried some gear back
to our rooms in our mesh gear bags and this worked fine on bikes.

Downers:  Coral is covered with algae in the shallow sites especially.  Did
not see many large fish, though on deeper dives did see schools of
Spadefish, Blue Parrotfish and jacks.  We were not diving the wall as much
as I'd have liked due to my buddy's needs to ease back into diving, though,
so I can't judge based on that.
The tunnels were fun and exited on the wall at about 90 feet, so they
weren't deep as they can be in Coz (130+ feet).  Walls seems much

Randy was an excellent DM and teacher and we felt safe with him.  My
buddy's BC was slowly self inflating and he taught her how to deal with
that by descending, adjusting bouyancy, then disconnecting line.  My
computer flooded on a shallow dive near end of our visit and he loaned me
one of his, no charge.
The resort was great, though this is based on very few being there.  Others
working the resort were nice and we made several friends while there,
including Randy, J.R. and Lynn as well as others.  Randy and J.R. were
running the resort and they did a great job.  The other couple managing
were on vacation.
The food was generally great, esp. the fresh fish the boats would bring in
and sell to the resort.  Our price included room, food, taxes and service
charges for all that, transfers and diving so all we had to pay for were
purchases (from gift shop) and the drinks from the honor bar (including
soft drinks and juices) and tips for bar and diving.  We had a decent room
overlooking the water (though it was a bit of a walk to the shoreline - not
far at all).  The AC worried us at first but proved fine as we'd need a
light blanket by morning.  Bathroom was fine, including nice toiletries.

We were fortunate and that things can go wrong on a small out island that
are beyond staff's control, which you must be prepared for.  For example,
the last day as we were leaving the electricity was to be out on the entire
island for 6 hours or the septic might get backed up and as there are only
ten rooms, it effects at least 5 at a time.  There are two good dive boats
now, ask them for the story on that!

Cat Island is minimally devloped.  Our taxi driver took us on a tour
(CONFIRM PRICES FIRST as he really overcharged us) of the southern end of
hte island and we saw the two other main resorts, Greenwood and Fernandex
Bay.  I think Hawk's Nest suited us better as rooms were ocean view/front
and meals were included.  I undetstand that Greenwood has diving but the
rooms were not ocean view and may not be air conditioned, which in July is
not comfortable for my tastes.

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