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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in
Bahamas/Northwest Bahamas

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by James Heimer, TX, USA
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Report Number 1232
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, S & N California, Belize, Honduras, GCI, Tahiti, Malaysia,
Indonesia, Australia, GOM, Mexico (E & W Coasts)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
85   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 foot sport diving limit; no deco  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera tables available above diving deck.  Camera staging tank on diving
deck and rinse tanks near camera tables.  Color slide processing available.
 Hip had computer facilities to review and download digital photos to CD's,
including display on 42" LCD flat panel screen.  Awesome.  Members of
dive staff knowledgable about photography and very accomodating to
assisting divers at all levels of photographic experience.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Nekton Pilot left Fort Lauderdale and transitted overnight to the NW
Bahamas (Grand Bahama, Bimini, Cat Cay area).  Weather was rough for first
two days with six to eight foot swells.  We used bonine for that period, as
ship moves in those seas, even though design (semi sub type hull) mitigates
excessive motion.  One problem with the ship design, is that the diving
deck remains relatively stationary (versus a conventional hull shape),
which causes high swells to "break" under the deck.  Coming back
aboard in these conditions is like swimming into the surf.  The dive deck
is raised a few feet when the ship is transitting and lowered to a few feet
above sea level for diving.  Gear is left on the tanks on the dive deck,
but there is not cover from the sun and rinsing facilities are

Excellent dive sites (shark alley - there were sharks), Hesperus (large
hawksbill turtles, baracuda), Theos Wreck (deep dive under beautiful
conditions), and others.  Sites were both deep and shallow (mostly deeper)
and current was strong on some sites.  The seas mitigaged after the first
two days and we had ideal, dead flat calm conditions thereafter.  We
cruised an area known for dolphins one morning, but they kind that you dive
with didn't show up.  Dive staff gave good briefings on what to look for at
each site and a suggested route and profile,  They left it up to the divers
to explore on their own, but would guide a dive, on request.

Accomodations were comfortable.  There is a large salon for meals and each
evening a seminar was given on reef ecology, fish ID, etc.  The meals are
served buffet style, and the food was plentiful and prepared excellently
with a good variety in the menu.

The crew was extremely helpful, especially C.Lee (photography expert), Wes
(who repaired the underwater cable on my video light) and Chris (who guided
a dive for my wife and myself, when we had some concern about the

The Pilot is moving back to Belize this Fall.  I would dive it again in a
heart beat.
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