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Dive Review of Stuart Cove/Wyndham- Cable Beach in
Bahamas/Nassau

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Cooper, RI, USA
Report Number 2962
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Roatan,
Aruba, Bonaire.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny,dry  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum depth: 80'(first dive), 60' (second dive)
Dive time: stated as 35 minutes, however we never dove less than 45
minutes.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Large trash barrel with water reserved for cameras only.
DM's assisted lowering cameras into the water & retrieving them at the
end of the dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
I guess it depends on your expectations...and the time of year. I had read
the reports on Stuart's Cove that it was very efficient, but a bit of a
"cattle boat" operation, with very limiting restrictions on
dives. I like to plan dive trips for the off season months of May and
September, to avoid the crowds, and this was certainly Stuart Cove's low
season.  On the Shark Adventure dives we only had 7 people on the boat.
Stuart Cove's Operation is the most efficient organization I have
experienced.  You can set your watch by the time they pick you up at your
hotel and drop you off at the end of the day.  With dive sites only 5 - 10
minutes away, and surface intervals of 30 minutes, we were back to the dock
by 12:15 PM most days and on buses to our resorts by 12:45 PM. 
If you are looking for healthy coral formations this is not the destination
for you. If you are looking for Sharks, it is worth the price of admission.
The Reef Sharks here are obviously used to scuba divers and are not
hesitant to cruise past you within arms length.  For the Shark feeding dive
you can expect to be lightly brushed as they swim over and around you. My
Canon 10-22mm lens served me well.
I am not into wreck diving, but if you want to experience some easy wrecks,
there are plenty here to satisfy that desire.
The Wyndham on Cable Beach is in need of renovations in some areas, but I
had a nice room and a great view of the water from my balcony and the
people could not have been friendlier. The Black Angus Grill and the Sole
Mare restaurants are expensive, but as good as you will find anywhere in
the Caribbean. 
It was 25 years ago that I last stayed in Nassau and I was blown away by
the friendliness of every person I came in contact with.  This goes for
people who's livelihood depends on tips and those who don't. It is clear
the Bahamian Government has made a conscience effort to win over a larger
share of the Caribbean tourist market share and are succeeding in that
endeavor.
I went to Stuart Cove to get some good Shark pictures and left more
favorably impressed with their operation and the Bahamian people than I
thought I would. I am sure I will return again, with higher expectations
and...in the off season.
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