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Dive Review of Stuart Cove/Sheraton in
Bahamas/New Providence

Stuart Cove/Sheraton, Oct, 2009,

by Gabriel I. Peñagarícano, PR, Puerto Rico (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 5216.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Everywhere.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions A mild observation was made during the dive briefings that the maximum depth was 80 feet but that if you had a computer you could go to 100 feet. No one paid attention to this and you could go deeper without being scolded.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No facilities onboard, except for a rinse tank.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was my third trip to Stuart Cove's operation, and my last. On my previous trips, the last one being about six years ago, it was a well-run facility, attentive to their clients and accommodating as to dive sites. What I found now was an assembly-line, cattle-car operation concerned only with funneling divers to the shark feed circus. Those of us who would rather make wall and reef dives to see the sharks free-ranging, had to make do with the leftovers. We asked to be taken to a site named Ray of Hope and on three different days were told that they could not take us because there was a shark feed nearby, in spite of the fact that we had been premised otherwise. The dive times were controlled, not by remaining air, but by the time of day when the boat had to be at the dock. Therefore, surface intervals were 30 minutes. There was no assistance at all from the crew and the dive guide was that in name only. He happened to be in the water at the same time as the divers, but that was all. There was no assistance with the gear or any of the small amenities that one has come accustomed to, even at the smallest operations. I would be unfair if I did not mention dive guide Vivian Toro, a welcome addition to an otherwise unpleasant experience. She was with us on one day and the contrast was remarkable. She was the exception, not the rule. Divers should stay clear of Stuart Cove when diving in New Providence. I am sure that there are other operators who are mindful of their guests and who still believe in quality service.
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