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Dive Review of Juliet Sail and Dive in
Bahamas/Bimini

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Frank Evans, MN, USA
Report Number 3375
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Honduras, Minnesota, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on board with 500 psi  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Dedicated rinse area.  TV in dining area to view pictures
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
My first live aboard dive trip and it was absolutely a fun experience from
beginning to end on the Juliet. The 104 foot three mast sail/diesel powered
boat hosts twelve total divers and a fantastic crew of five friendly and
knowledgeable staff led by Captain John who makes sure everything runs as
smoothly as possible for his guests.  Made new friends, enjoyed diving new
and exciting sites in the Bimini area, and saw my first manta ray,
lionfish, and one tiger shark. Biologist Danielle added great info on
various fish as well as coral.  Dives varied from a couple of drift dives,
wrecks, giant coral heads, and Krispy Kreme, one of the most spectactular
wall dives I've ever done (where my dive partner and I saw the tiger
shark). 

Captain John runs a class operation and can adjust the schedule to meet
changing conditions as he did when Tropical Depression Barry delayed our
crossing from Miami (where Juliet picks up guests) to Bahamas.  Instead of
leaving night of our arrival onboard (Saturday)we stayed on boat in Miami
and dived three wreck sites off Miami Beach the next day.  Viz was poor but
the diving was ok with little current.  Two Tanks is an unusual dive site
with two Abrams(sp?) tanks facing each other and a large rock pile in
between.  It was full of reef critters.  When it was safe to sail to
Bahamas we agreed to scrub nite dive and headed east.  After clearing
customs in the early morning we were diving by 9:30 and did four dives a
day - three day and one night - until Thursday when we did three day dives
and headed back to Miami.

My favorite dive sites included Bimini Strip, a small patch coral just off
shore but full of life.  We did it as an afternoon and later as a night
dive and both times it was different.  We did the same thing on the
Hesperas Wreck which sets in only 17 feet of water but is host to countless
large sting rays in the sand, loggerhead turtles, a lionfish, and large
schools of fish including ocean triggerfish sleeping on their sides at
night in the wreckage.  Night dive viz was only 15-20 feet but it was still
a fantastic dive with so much to see and enjoy.  The diving ended at a site
called Bull Run famous for its large number of reef sharks and a
"pet" grouper named Lucky. A great way to end a great dive trip. 
Only negative was the algae growth on several reefs.

The food was plentiful and balanced, with Aleca (cook) topping off dinners
with fantastic desserts.  Dive master Greg gives informative briefings on
each site and chief mechanic/captain Brandon is always helpful and
entertaining. Everyone on board got along incredibly well even though most
were strangers at start of trip.  In fact we are all talking of going as a
group again next year.  I highly recommend Juliet to any diver who wants a
fun, uncrowded live aboard experience with a great crew.  
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