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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in
Bahamas

Nekton Pilot, Aug, 2006,

by Janet Hays, VA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 2695.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 84 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The check in/check out board was monitored for thoroughness in recording depths, times
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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