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Dive Review of Lost Islands Voyages/Avalon in

Lost Islands Voyages/Avalon, Jun, 2011,

by John Dale Kennedy, IL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 6112.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I was just on the Avalon (June 1-10) , 65 ft. ketch liveaboard out of Nassau, called Avalon;, June 1-10, as a single diver. Capacity is 12, we had 5. Did lots of sailing from reef to reef. Unseasonably high winds and lower temps kept us from our original destination Conception Island. Also kept us from diving the walls east of Eluthera. Water was mostly 100 ft + visibility with temps of 79-81.
Have not done BB but from talking to others, this is a step up with some privacy in doubles and bunks (can reconfigure depending on gender make up). Each cabin has a sink and a draw curtain for privacy. There are two flushing heads and 2 private shower stalls with a door. Also hot & cold shower on back of boat. All guest living is on one level below with galley and dining area. XM radio on board.
All food is buffet style with breakfast selections of one of: eggs, bacon, McMuffin-style sausage & egg, pancakes, french toast, egg burrito. Cereals and OJ all the time and of course, coffee and large selection of teas. Hearty, down-home sort of cooking for lunch and dinner:chicken parmaiana, meat lasagna, cracked conch, mahi-mahi and chicken salad, green salads, raw vegetables, pizza, pork roast, salmon, kelbasa jumbalaya, lionfish, various potatoes and veggies. Fresh machine made bread every day Cake, cookies for desserts. Regular and diet sodas, beer and misc. hard stuff.
Crew: Captain Ray, 1st mate and dive instructor Jeff, cook and deck hand Tess and another deck hand. All capable sailors.
Diving was varried, mostly in the shallower range to 60 ft. A couple deeper dives. Saw: sharks, octopus, lobster, crabs, lionfish (ate several; can only be taken by freediving, no scuba hunting...very bad Bahama policy), nudibranchs, hugh 3ft basket star , caverns & grottos, blue holes, Atlantic spades, rough box crab, school of southern sennets, southern and yellow sting rays, turtles, swim throughs and more. Several shore stops to explore town and wilderness. BUT also saw the swimming pigs in Exhumas...what a hoot Tame and eager for any leftovers.
Overall a fun trip but be prepared to find your sealegs.
Websites Lost Islands Voyages   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
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Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70-120 Ft/ 21-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None...
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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