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Dive Review of Nekton Rorqual in

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Bob & Carolyn Smith, MA, USA
Report Number 393
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
New England, Bonaire, Red Sea, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130' maximum; look for boat at 1000 psi, return with minimum of 500 psi;
first alcoholic drink is last dive for the day  
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
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
This was our first liveaboard experience, and we were impressed.  Everyone
associated with Nekton, including office personnel, worked hard to make
this a quality experience.  The Rorqual crew were safety and
environmentally conscious, and paid attention to their guests' needs and
desires.  They all work well as a team and appear to enjoy their jobs.  The
cabins were roomy, the beds comfortable, with plenty of hot water for
showers.  The entire boat was kept immaculate, despite obvious signs of
wear and tear.  The food was very good and plentiful.  There were no soft
drinks on board, but water, punch, juice and iced tea were always
available.  The dive deck was well laid out, although it could get crowded
if everyone was suiting up at the same time.  Setting up your gear once for
the week and not having to lug it anywhere except 2 steps to the edge of
the boat, in our opinion, is the ultimate in luxury for a diver!  All the
photographers seemed pleased with the setup for cameras, slide developing
was available, and there was a fun photo contest for slides and digital at
the end of the week.  

Diving varied in quality from poor to terrific, depending on the site. Some
repeat divers had requested new locations, and the captain was trying to
accomodate them by exploring new sites, which turned out to be generally
disappointing.  When he abandoned the search and returned to the sites he
knew, diving improved dramatically.  There was a great variance in
topography from walls to caverns, swim throughs, sandy bottoms with large
coral mounds.  More green alagae than we expected covered the hard corals
at several sites.  We saw several black tip sharks, large Nassau groupers,
a couple of large barracudas.  Lots of beautiful Queen, Gray and French
Angels and other tropicals.

We are now liveaboard fans and will definitely return to the Nekton, as
well as try out others.

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