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Dive Review of Nekto Pilot in

Nekto Pilot, Jun, 2003,

by Richard Kendall, AZ, USA . Report 535.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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.

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

Weather rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 85-0°F / 29--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40-85 Ft/ 12-26 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth Limits
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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.
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