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Dive Review of Nekton Diving Cruises/Nekton Pilot in
Bahamas/N/W Bahamas

Nekton Diving Cruises/Nekton Pilot, Aug, 2007,

by William Ungerman, California, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 3538.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean and Pacific
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 84 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no restrictions but recomendations to adhere to sport diving limits.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dive table and air hose available, also rinse barrel.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The Nekton Pilot departs from Fort Lauderdale. They will pick you up from any location on the day of departure but you cannot board the boat until 2000, which makes it real late to get anything done. The overnight passage is to Bimini where Bahamian customs matters are handled by the crew while you dive. Five dives a day were offered on three of the six dive days; otherwise four. Two dive sites a day was the norm. The diving was mediocre with the exception of a few sites, e.g. "Theo's Wreck" off Grand Bahama and the "Sugae Wreck" where marine life was prolific. Lots of sharks on "Shark Junction" where some land operations do their shark feed dive. This was our second trip on the Nekton Pilot and we found the crew to be the absolute best on any of the thirteen liveaboards we have been on. The cabins are relativelky spacious. We felt the policy of setting the clocks back an hour ("Nekton Time") to be pointless other than to create the illusion of getting in the night dive at a reasonable hour. Having a nightly power point presentatin on reef creatures or turtles is fine but do it after the night dive.

The dive briefings were excellent and the crew couldn't be more acomodating. They would do anything you asked and at times it was like having your personal valet in attendance. The trip video produced by "Divin' Ivan" was the best ever seen. My family of four has seen better diving but never a better crew or atmosphere; a great time was had by all. On balance, a fine trip with a great bunch of divers and a spectacular crew.
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