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Dive Review of Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas/Harborside at Atlantis in
Bahamas/New Proidence

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by David Bader, NC, USA
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Report Number 5302
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
100   to    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
I did five two-tank morning dives during my stay in the Bahamas.  First
dive was a mandatory lead dive generally in the 80 foot range for a maximum
of 35 minutes.  Second dive was in the 15-35 foot range for a maximum of 60
minutes.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
There was one rinse bucket on the boat which got very crowed with 20 divers
onboard.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Nassau, specially Paradise Island, is extremely expensive for food, taxis,
and entertainment.  I was one of the first picked up in the morning and had
a one hour bus trip to the dive shop.  They ran only two boats per day with
17-20 divers each.  I wish they had run an additional boat to reduce the
number of divers on each boat.  The crew and staff were very friendly and
professional.  The dives were overly controlled for my taste.  I returned
to the boat on all dives with half a tank of air or more.  First dives were
either wall or wreck dives and had a maximum dive time of 35 minutes
including the mandatory safety stop of 3 minutes.  I could have easily done
an hour on all dives.  One of their favorite second dive sites, Hollywood
Bowl, ranges only 10-20 feet deep.  Nice reef with lots of smaller colorful
fish but with surge, very difficult to navigate.  I believe the reason for
the short dive times is the lack of surface interval provided.  Average
surface interval was only 30 minutes.  Any more SI would make the boats
late for the afternoon dives.  That's not a good reason to me for cut short
my dives.  Stuart Cove needs to adjust their schedules to allow for two one
hour dives with an hour surface interval.  After the dives, there were nice
large rinse tanks for gear and a storage area so you don't have to lug all
your gear back and forth to the hotel.  Overall, it was an enjoyable week
with some great wall dives and some nice wrecks.
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