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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Janet Hays, VA, USA
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Report Number 2695
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, 
Sea of Cortez, Channel Islands, Galapagos, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
84   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The check in/check out board was monitored for thoroughness in recording
depths, times   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table and air hose limited, area had to be passed through by all
divers so was in no way secured from water sprays 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
Biggest areas we've ever experienced on any lieaboard for staterooms, salon
and sun deck. Particularly liked vanity in main cabin area and separation
of toilet from the shower.  Good variety, choice and quantity of food
served buffet style.  Especially noteworthy was Thanksgiving dinner.

New additions to dive staff given inappropriate tasks like briefings on
sites they weren't familiar with - inexcusable when compated to the very
EXCELLENT last briefing from Capt. Effey. Similarly, the after dinner
educational presentation by veteran divemaster Matt on tunicates was
superb; so why were we subjected to others who just read a prepared script
out loud, and specifically instructed the guests not to ask him any
questions. Operationally there were some serious missteps including use of
a steel tank past service status containing rust.  On one occasion the
divemaster guarding dive deck didn't keep engineer from jumping into the
water on top of divers trying to come in at the end of their dive. On
another occasion one staffmember was bringing skiff in in preparation for
leaving dive site when divers on the deck had to sound alert that divers
were still in the water.  Two instances of mechanical difficulties
including one in which owner of boat flew parts in by his private plane. 
Air conditioning in salon broken to the extent that carpet not only wet
from condensation but the flooring underneath was buckling- computer and TV
monitor for slide show overheating, fans not sufficient for ventilation.  

Myriad of colorful tunicates sighted at Rocky Mountain High. Capt. Effey
did an excellent job maneuvering boat during the dolphin experience, gaving
snorkelers great interactions with spotted dolphins.  Fabulous closeups of
loggerhead turtles. Divemaster Chris did great job spotting octopus during
night dive.  
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