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

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Gabriel I. Peñagarícano, PR, Puerto Rico
Contributor   (18 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5216
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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