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Dive Review of Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas/British Colonial Hilton in
Bahamas/New Providence/Nassau

Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas/British Colonial Hilton, Oct, 2013,

by Jeff Silva, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 7199.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The staff was fun, safe (overly, for experienced) and courteous, other than the bus drivers, who were not. Sometimes they were flat out rude. How about a "welcome to Stuart Cove's" when you step aboard the bus, instead of "sit down"? Considering the quantity of divers they "process", the fact that most of the staff can remain so upbeat is amazing. We came to dive with sharks, and for this, you will be WELL rewarded. We did three shark dives. The shark "adventure" consists of two afternoon dives. The first dive is a wreck, wall and/or reef dive in the vicinity of the shark feedings, so you can plan to see many sharks, closer than you've most likely seen them before. The second dive is the shark feeding dive. Our 1st shark feed took place on the bow of a wreck, but this site is limited to small groups (7 in our case). The 2nd and 3rd day's dives took place at the "Shark Arena" in the sand. Obviously the sand gets very stirred up, so this can affect your photography. The briefings are very thorough, covering all the safety aspects of the shark dive. The main goal of these shark dives, from the Stuart Cove standpoint, is to take and sell photos and video of your dive, so the shark feeder moves the feed "can" around the circle of divers, to get as many sharks, as close as possible, to the individual divers, to get the best possible photos and video (to sell). The photo pros follow the bait can around to take your photos/videos, which are available immediately after the dive. The entire time they're feeding the sharks, the sharks are patrolling all around, in and out, of the circle of divers, so if you want to get more natural shots of sharks, you can turn around and shoot them away from the feeding, which I did most of the time. After the bait is gone the shark feeder moves away with the bait can and the divers are allowed to search for sharks' teeth for a few minutes before returning to the boat. Yes, some teeth were found.
Websites Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas   British Colonial Hilton

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving N and S California, Galapagos, Komodo, Palau, Yap, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Cocos/Costa Rica, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Saba, BVI, Hawaii, Cayman, Grand Bahama
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We experienced "follow the leader" buddy (only)diving. We dove 3 days and had 3 different dive masters, so there was no chance to get to know any one. My wife sat out two dives so I had to buddy up with other divers. In hind-sight, I could have just slipped in with the group as other divers did.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments One "trash can" full of water, and designated for cameras, was provided on all the boats we dove from. Of course, with multiple photographers (if applicable), plus the on-board photo and video pro(s), this quickly became inadequate.
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