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Dive Review of MV Sea Fever in

December, 2001, an Instant Reader Report by Elissa Mayo, CA, USA
Report Number 123
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Freeport, Bahamas, Jamaica, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Cozumel, California
Channel Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
75   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
common sense  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Sea Fever has a large two tiered camera table on dive deck.  Outlets in
stateroom were sufficient for charging batteries.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We spent New Year's 2001 (Dec. 28, 2001-Jan. 4, 2002) diving bimini,
Bahamas aboard the M/V Sea Fever based in Miami, Fl( 
This was our first time on a live aboard, and based upon our experience, it
won't be our last.  If your idea of fun is  sleep, eat, dive, repeat, then
this could be just the ticket.

There are several other dive boats in the area that have similar
itineraries, but after weighing the costs and benefits of each, I picked
the Sea Fever and it lived up to and surpassed  every one of my
expectations.  The Sea Fever was about mid priced among the other choices.

Ammenities included: An ample dive deck with a spacious camera table and
separate gear and camera rinse tanks. New Low pressure steel 80 tanks with
adapter for DIN configured regulators. Nitrox fills and classes available.
Individual gear "stations" in which the diver could sit down to
gear up includeding a large gear bucket underneath the seat, thus keeping
the dive deck clear.  Giant stride from either side or stern entries were
possible.  2 Stern ladders and swim step for getting back onto the boat.  
Private air conditioned staterooms with doors, not curtains.  The length of
the bed was adequate for individuals over 6 ft. tall. 3 electrical outlets
were present in our stateroom.  This was perfect for recharging all of our
camera batteries. Main room light and reading light above each bed provided
adequate illumination. Private sink in our stateroom (note stateroom #1
does not have a sink). Shared head with full sized shower with good water
pressure and consistent temperature located next to staterooms. Bathroom
available on dive deck.  Fresh water hose on dive deck.  Spacious galley
which facilitated interaction with other divers.  TV and videos were
available as were fish and reef creature ID books. A very spacious top deck
with chaise lounges and  chairs for laying out.  This deck also carried two
launchable emergency life rafts and 2 kayaks.  A  Zodiac chase boat was
hoisted into the water before every dive and was used on at least one
occasion to retrieve divers who popped up away from the boat.  This boat
was also used to deliver passengers to and from Gun Cay during one of our
land excursions. Excellent food including vegetarian meals were prepared
for us by Chef extraordinaire Redman prior request. 
The wheel house was open to passengers to visit.  Captains Mike and Allen
were especially gracious to all guests. 

Our trip included a $100 shipboard credit which used against the $150
Nitrox class ($50 expense).  

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