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Dive Review of None used/Sunset Beach House in
Bahamas/Cat Island, south end

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Casey Christensen, Oregon, USA
Report Number 2147
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Maya Ha Resort in Mexico (not advised), and Florida Keys (Key Largo is much
better for diving than most non-USA destinations we have visited)
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
We only dove from shore.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
We just spent 4 days on the southern end of Cat Island. We rented the
"Sunset Beach House." The owner has the house listed for rent at
several different web sites. One is
www.captiva-cat-island.com/Sunset-Beach.htm . This house is NOT advised.
The rent was $1800 per week. The house might be worth $400 per week if not
for the plumbing. The house water comes from wells, and not from a cistern
as he claims. The top edge of these wells is very low to the ground and
were submerged by a large pond that formed from rain. In other words, SWAMP
WATER is pumped into the house (similar situation to New Orleans recently,
don't touch the water). None of the windows close tightly and the screens
are in sad shape, so we were eaten alive by insects until the caretaker
used duct tape on them. The house is very old and in dire need of repair.
This house is owned by Curt Banister of Erie, PA. We feel very ripped off
and are considering our options. I would advise against renting any house
from this person. He is very dishonest, cheap, and of overall questionable
character!
ADDITIONALLY, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE CORAL REEFS ALONG THE ENTIRE SOUTH
END OF THE ISLAND ARE 95% DEAD AND TOTALLY OVERGROWN WITH BROWN ALGAE. They
were obviously very beautiful reefs at some time in the past. Virtually no
Elk Horn Coral is still alive, and it appears to have been dead for years.
TRUELY A SHAME! Of the remaining coral, nearly all of it shows bleaching
over most of the surface. Fish life was moderate(Maya Ha in Mexico was much
worse for fish life and the owners were even more crooked).  Locals were
observed taking undersized conch. If you want to dive or snorkel, go
elsewhere.  I did not see ONE Hogfish.
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