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Dive Review of Juliet in
Bahamas

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Stephen Kouri, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 6746
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
HI (Big Island, Maui), Cozumel, Cayman (Big, Little), Belize, Komodo and
Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational   
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Rinse bucket available for cameras, but no camera table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Juliet is a 100+ foot sailing vessel that visits several Caribbean
locations on a rotating basis. 

This was a round trip from Miami, across the Florida Strait, to dive in the
Bimini area of the Bahamas. 

Diving: 

The diving was typical of the Caribbean. Warm water, plenty of tropical
fish and a shark or two on most dives. Marine life was not as abundant as
you see in marine parks like Cozumel, but common Caribbean reef fish are
reasonably abundant.

Juliet has a permission from the Bahamanian government to kill Lion fish,
which sadly are abundant on the reefs. The crew gave a nice educational
talk and provided instruction in spearing Lion fish on dives where Sharks
wouldn't be a problem.

There wasn't a fresh water rinse for gear after diving, which leads to some
pretty stinky gear after a couple days and a bright light under the boat
would have been nice during night  dives.


Accommodation:

Juliet is a sail boat. It has small hatches, doors, hallways, steep ladders
and stairs. Those with mobility problems might find this boat difficult to
navigate.

Berths in the bow are very small and share a single bathroom. One of the
berths is a very small cabin and the other is a pair of bunks with only
curtains to provide privacy. The occupants of the cabin have to walk past
the bunks to exit their cabin.

Berths aft are larger and share two bathrooms. All aft berths are cabins.

We have been on several Aggressor/Dancer boats and they have many small
luxuries that are not required, but make diving more pleasant. Your own
bathroom, larger cabins, more towels, better food ... etc. While this
things are nice they are also expensive. 

Juliet is much less expensive than Aggressive/Dancer and therefore lacks
some of these extras. This creates a casual environment between the crew
and divers. My analogy is that the Juliet is like camping with friends and
Aggressor/Dancer is like staying at a nice hotel. 




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