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Dive Review of Lost Islands Voyages/Avalon in
Bahamas

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by John Dale Kennedy, IL, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 6112
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Honduras, Cayman, Cozumel, St. Croix, Aruba, Dominica, Curacao, Bonaire, St
Thomas, Bahamas, Grenada...
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 120    Feet  
 
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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
Comments
[None]
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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; lostislandvoyages.com, 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. 
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