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Dive Review of Nekto Pilot in

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Kendall, AZ, USA
Report Number 535
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Hawaii, California, Saba, St. John's,
San Carlos, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
85   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth Limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
While E-6 processing was promised, and that was the main reson for this
return trip, all film from our first 3 dives were ruined by the procesor. 
They claimed it was the machine, but we suspect carelessness.  Accordingly,
we would not allow any further attempts to process our film.

This put a huge crimp in our ability to see results and adjust as needed. 
For the rest of the trip, only one role by another diver was processed.  It
also eliminated the Friday  night slide show, usually a big deal on Nekton.

Since the processing on board was one of the main reasons we returned to
Nekton for our second trip, it is doubtful that we will return again.  We
would pick another live aboard with good processing.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
As usual, the diving was great, and a school of 20-30 Dolphins swam with us
for nearly an hour.  They came very close, and rubbed up against several
snorkelers.  The reefs, especially Rocky Mountain High were outstanding. 
There were many turtles in several places, and many reef sharks that were
currious, but not agressive at Shark Junction.

The food was, as usual, great and plentiful.  The crew were very helpful. 
In spite of spotty weather and a few dives with VERY strong currents, the
diving was everything you could ask for.  

On the negative side, a lot of condensation caused the carpet in our room
to be wet the entire week.  The lack of reliable E-6 processing was a real
downer, since the photography is what we came for. Not being able to see
the results and make adjustments made the rest of the week a crap shoot for
photography.  Unless this situation is resolved, we probably will choose
another operator.  

Other than the above items, were were pleased with the week, and had fun.
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