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Dive Review of Paradise Charters, Easy Goin' in

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Robyn Churchill, FO, USA
Report Number 508
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Bonaire, Freeport, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Most of the dives were guided by divemaster JB, with ample time allowed for
each dive. On the deep wall dives, we were advised not to go below 130 ft.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
fresh water camera-only rinse tank, work/storage shelves and  personal
"storage box" underneath your tanks
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
          First-rate dive operation all the way---A+++!!! 
   The 3-member crew of the Easy Goin' is beyond wonderful. Captain Chuck
is a very friendly person with a great sense of humor. He's extrememly
safety-conscious, and his boat is very well maintained. He conducts a
thorough safety briefing before departing from the marina,
and points out the location of all the safety equipment. He welcomes you to
hang out in the pilot house with him whenever you'd like, just to shoot the
breeze. His personality is so likeable, that you'll feel compelled to laugh
at all his corny jokes! First mate Peg is a one-woman wonder. Peg is a very
caring person who goes out of her way to make sure her guests are having a
good time. I could write a whole report just about the meals she serves up,
but there's more about that further on in this report. The
divemaster/instructor JB has a charm all his own. He's a wealth of
knowledge about the marinelife and dive sites in the area. He's always more
than willing lend assistance when asked, and he gives thorough briefings
before each dive. He guides most of the dives, and always points out really
cool things to look at. He's very safety-minded, but you never feel
"smothered" by needless rules and restrictions on your diving.
   The 62-ft vessel, Easy Goin' is spotlessly clean and comfortable. The
boat leaves out of the Bahia Mar marina in Ft. Lauderdale. Trips are
limited to 6 - 7 guests with personalized attention for each guest. Besides
spectacular diving, there are other activities such as fishing, snorkeling
and kayaking with their on-board ocean kayak. They do weekend trips to
Bimini and week-long trips to the west end, Grand Bahamas.
   There are upper and lower berths in each cabin with storage room at the
end of each berth and under the lower berth. Two of the three guest cabins
have full-size lower berths for couples. In addition to the guest head,
there's a warm-water shower on the dive platform. The boat has an
entertainment salon with satelite TV/VCR, stereo and reading materials.
There's also a sun deck with chairs and lounge chairs for relaxation in
between dives. 
   First mate Peg serves up 3 wonderfully delicious meals each day, with
great appetizers before dinner and snacks in between each dive. She cooks
enough for a small army, and tries to accomodate individual tastes and any
dietary restrictions her guests might have. On past trips we've been
treated to delicacies such as grilled steak, lobster, swordfish, shrimp
creole, homemade conch fritters, and fresh-baked breads and desserts. Some
of the best recipes I have in my recipe file came from Peg's galley, and we
keep on telling her that an "Easy Goin' Cookbook" would be hard
to keep in stock in the ship's store! There's also complimentary beer, wine
and Captain's rum punch for after the last dive of the day.
   Last but not least, the diving! Just looking out at the sparkling waters
of Bimini with its many shades of blue and aqua lets you know you're in
heaven!  The vis was excellent, 70 - 150 ft., and the water was warm, 82 -
84 degrees in May.  The dive sites in Bimini were pristine and teeming with
marine life.  There's a great abundance of tropicals, and lots of colorful
soft corals.  Turtles are rays are numerous in Bimini, and on one dive in
particular we had encounters with 3-4 nurse sharks, 6 or more caribbean
reef sharks, and several large grouper. Wall diving, wreck diving and night
diving are all included,,,,the Sapona Wreck is not to be missed!  We did a
night dive there, and saw several huge lobster, a variety of crabs (both
large and small), turtles, rays, and several motionless tropicals which
were encased in their nighttime "cocoons". They didn't even
realize we were there, and we were able to get very close for photos. We
also came across a small school of approachable squid, and their iridescent
blue color set against the nighttime blackness of the water was
    I've only done their week-end trips to Bimini, but I understand that
there are dolpin encounters on their week-long trips to the west end Grand
Bahamas. The Easy Goin' is tops on my list, and I will  continue to book
future dive trips with them. You can visit their website at
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