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Dive Review of Stuart Cove & Nassau Scuba Center in
Bahamas/Nassau

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Marv Gozum, PA, USA
Report Number 137
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Turks & Caicos, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, So. Florida, Florida Keys,
Statia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 130    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
30 Min BT, about 40-50 min dive times; 80' max depth by tables, 130' by
computer  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Nassau is very developed; they can support photography easily; alas there
may not be much to photograph but sharks
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
Nassau, Bahamas is poor diving value. While the waters are sapphire to
turquoise, crystal clear visibility from 50-130' in many places, its
climate pleasant in summer, all reefs I visited were 50-90% denuded of live
coral. Bottom times are kept at 30 minutes, and rare haggling could get you
60 minutes. Fish life existed as mostly juveniles in small schools amidst a
skeletonized landscape of dead coral that betrayed a past glory. The wrecks
are small and uninspiring, much like quarry wrecks in the northeast USA.
The locals are some of the nicest and friendliest I've met in the
Caribbean, while the expats are some of the most disenchanted. Nassau is
expensive, developed and optimized to harvest US tourist dollars. With 700
reported islands and cays, there are many options in the Bahamas besides
Nassau, if not elsewhere in the Caribbean.  Stuart Cove's is a dive vending
machine, impresonal but precise.  Nassau Scuba Center is more personal.
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