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Dive Review of Nekton/Nekton Rorqual in
Bahamas

Nekton/Nekton Rorqual, Apr, 2008,

by Dr. Mark Wolff, CO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4358.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Caymans, Cozumel, Fiji, Florida, Galapagos, Jamaica, Puget Sound, St. Lucia & Ice Diving in Colorado.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes and 700 pounds
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dedicated rinse tanks and tables. Compressed air for drying cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The crew was great. The food was good and there was plenty of it. The cabins were adequate. but nothing special. The diving was good. The weather was problematic. We missed a day and half of diving due to weather and that seems to happen from time to time in the Bahamas.

The Nekton leaves from Fort Lauderdale, so there is no need for international flights. The SWATH design of the boat makes for a more stable ride, but when the weather is bad it still rocks.

I was disappointed that the promised Nitrox was not available. This seems to be a periodic problem on the Rorqual. I had hoped for a photo course to help me learn my new camera, but there was no "photo pro" on the boat.

The weekly photo "contest" was fun. The winner gets their photo as the background for the boat computer for the next week and bragging rights.
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