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Dive Review of Paradise Charters in

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Osmond, FL, USA
Report Number 407
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
You name it, I have most likely been there
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
120   to 240    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive computer, 130 fsw  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The Easy Goin' is a converted crew boat from Louisiana which used to run
workers out to oil rigs in the area on what amounted to bus like seating.
The captain showed us who she looked when he bought her - basically a pilot
house and seating areas. You wouldn't recognize the Easy Goin' as the same

The owners (Chuck and Peg) live on the boat year round, and have turned
this into a home. 

The kitchen/galley is a true kitchen behind the pilot house where Peg
seemed to be 24 hours a day, sending barrel loads of extremely tasty food
and snacks at the five of us. In fact we were wondering where the other 10
people on board where that she was trying to feed, as even though we often
had third helpings, we barely seemed to put a dent in the supply of food
being offered. And no leftovers either - Peg wont have it even we asked.
There was one dive I almost passed on I was so full. 

In front of the kitchen is a lounge/dining area area, with seating for
everyone and a large table where meals were served and I used as a camera
table between dives. It also includes a TV (Satellite),an ice maker, the
bar and a VCR with a large quantity of videos to choose from. 

Out from the dining area is the dive deck, where there was room for the two
tanks each, a dive gear storage area, a hanger for your wetsuits, a fresh
water hose and a compressor for fills. Paradise is putting Nitrox on board
shortly, but for this trip we had brought our own O2 tanks to allow us to
do our own partial pressure mixing. 

Down from the dining area is the living quarters, which comprise of several
double bunk bed style cabins, which are very comfortable and with plenty of
storage even for a camera equipment junkie such as me. There is only one
head on board, but this is in a true bathroom with a shower and sink as
well. This wasn't an inconvenience with the number of people on board. 

Lastly the boat has storage capacity for over 200 gallons of water, and the
ability to make several more gallons of water per hour. Thus there are no
real water restrictions on board. Thus when we motored by the Blackbeard's
boat (30 seconds of fresh water per day per person I believe), we had a
blast washing our gear, having a water fight, having a shower and washing
the side of their boat. They looked amused! Sorry, that was we looked

The crew consists of Captain Chuck, First Mate/Cook Peg and Divemaster JB.
These people were absolutely wonderful and happily talked, interacted, fed
and dove with us the whole trip. Many an hour was spent talking to Chuck in
the pilot house as we motored around Bimini and the nearby islands. They
truly went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to ensure we had a
great time. We are a pretty free wheeling and loud bunch, and adapting to
us was no effort at all for them 

The boat is really homely, extremely comfortable and has one of the nicest
atmospheres I have been around to go diving. By the second day we were
already discussing when we would be ready to go out with them again

The reef walls in Bimini were amazing, and reminded me very much of Cozumel
with similar currents and formations - the visibility was always over 100'
- often closer to 200'. Amazing amount of Black Coral. Quite a few Reef
Sharks and Hawksbill Turtles around as well. 

For Photogs, the wreck of the Sapona is a must - only in 20' of water, it
is home to all the little creatures - including nudibranchs. Huge
population of Urchins in the area as well, especially at night.

So much diving, so little time off. Forget any other live aboard for the
Bahamas close to Florida. This is the one you want to be on. For the same
price (and often less) than any of the other options you get more comfort,
better food, unlimited water and a great crew. 

They have a Dolphin Itinerary I can't wait to try, and if you book the
boat, will basically take you where you want to go and make this the best
live aboard experience of your life. I have been on many, and this
surpassed absolutely all of them. 

Best of all, for those nervous about flying, you can leave right out of Ft
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