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Dive Review of Stuart Cove in

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dan Clements, WA, USA
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Report Number 4965
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Bahamas, Mexico, Monterey, Puget Sound, British Columbia,
Galapagos, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Marquesas, Oman, Guadalupe
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
My rig is a large DSLR (Nikon D300, Subal housing, twin Ikelite 125 sobes),
and Cove's staff were very accomodating of my gear. Large rinse tank, and
constant reminders to divers not to use to rinse masks or gear. This was
true for both the shark and other dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
After reading various reviews of Cove's operations, I did not have terribly
high expectations. It is a large operation, but I had several days to kill
before a photo shoot.

I was very pleasantly surprised. While this is a large operation, my dives
with Stuart Cove were very fun and entertaining. There were no time
restrictions, and the shark dives were very good.

Having dived with Great Whites, I initially felt the Carribean White Tipped
dives were way over-hyped. While these are fairly mellow sharks, there is a
lot of action, and the sharks to bump into you. They are not aggressive
towards the divers, they are trying to get to the food.

On our dive a shark latched onto the sync cables of the Cove photographer
and summarily destroyed them. I had a bit of a problem with flash
positioning because the sharks would bump into my strobes and strobe arms.

Bring wide angle and fish eye lenses! We had so much fun it is back again
next year.
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