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Dive Review of Stuart Cove in
Bahamas/Nassau

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by John Crellin, PA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 2555
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Aruba, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
This was their Shark Awareness dive so there were several restrictions
including a required full wetsuit and a 60 feet max on the first dive.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
It is not well stated in the brochure or instructions, but photos or video
are allowed for both dives. On the second dive (the feeding), you are not
allowed to move arround but you can take photos.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 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
2 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Overall if I were to do this dive again, I would probably take my own
camera and dive computer (I have a wrist model) and just rent their gear.
Stuart Cove is a machine when it comes to getting divers out for the dives
and back again to their hotels.  Their facitilites therefore are very
hustle and bustle.  The dive boats are not roomy. If every diver on the
boat had brought their own gear and gear bags things would have been very
cramped. The shark awareness dive is a "neat" dive, but you are
there to swim with sharks.  If you want to dive on a reef, take a different
dive.  You spend most of you time on a sand flat called shark arena. If you
have good air consumption, you will not use your air and you must dive
their profile and time limit. both dives last about 40 minutes with a 30
minute surface interval. The way to maximize your time underwater and with
the sharks is to get ready and get in the water first. I would catagorize
Stuart Cove as a "tourist operation" more than a diver's
operation. They definitely cater to the tourist who wants to snorkel or use
their "sub" devices and get back to their cruise ship or hotel in
a set amount of time. Bring your own snacks for the boat or pay big prices
in their shop. There is only a water jug on board the boat.  The employees
are very nice and willing to help, both in the shop and on the boat.  If
you are in the Bahamas for a vacation and making a dive whether on a reef
or with the sharks is secondary then Stuart Cove is the operation to use
because they are very effecient at moving people.  If you are there for
diving, find another operator who focuses on the diving experience and not
moving large groups of people in and out of the water.
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