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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in
Bahamas/Cay Sal Banlk

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Ira Braun, FL, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4912
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Keys, Cocos, Belize, Hondouras, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Miami, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 Feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Two small tables for up to 32 divers. One rinse tank for the same number of
divers. No facilities for chargers. No outlets on or near tables. I knew
this ahead of time and brought my own power strip and charged devices in my
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
I am writing this entry because I wish I had seen a review prior to our
embarkation. The boat is in horrible shape. The hull dirty, interior shabby
and worn, ceiling tiles askew, air conditioner barely working, sewage smell
in several rooms. I guess we should have surmised that the A/C was not
working when we saw electric fans all over the boat. Outside temps were in
the 90's, so the trip was exceedingly uncomfortable. Wires were hanging
from the instrument panel in the wheel house. The boat was like a floating
tenement traveling at 6 knots.
The diving was interesting and worthwhile, with many sharks and blue holes.
The dive deck was crowded with 21 divers. The boat holds 32 divers. Nitrox
was dispensed at 28-29% only at an additional cost.
The kitchen crew was fabulous. The cook and mate were however the only crew
(besides the captain) who engaged the guests. While the dive crew were
capable, they by and large ignored the guests and had to be asked for help
over and over on the dive deck. They did little to help guests returning
from dives getting onto the ladders with heavy steel 95's.
The captain was pleasant and did continually ask if everything was ok.
While we enjoyed the diving, we would definitely not return on this
neglected vessel owned by someone who clearly doesn't care about return
business. Beware.
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