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

None used/Sunset Beach House, Oct, 2005,

by Casey Christensen, Oregon, USA . Report 2147.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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