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

Stuart Cove/Wyndham- Cable Beach, Sep, 2006,

by Jim Cooper, RI, USA . Report 2962.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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