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Dive Review of Stuart Coves/Nassau Beach Hotel in
Bahamas/Nassau/New Providence

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Arik Olson, NY, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 2462
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Monterey, Bora Bora, Out Island Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
DEPTH: no computer 80 foot max was suggested, with computer they suggested
100 foot max depth
TIME: They did suggest 30 minutes bottom time for deep dives and 45 minutes
for shallow dives  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
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
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
They did have a dedicated rinse tank for cameras and explained why
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
I decided to return to Nassau for a long weekend of diving because it is
convenient to get to and inexpensive and has other attractions (beaches,
golf) for my non-diving partner. A local friend informed me that Dive Dive
Dive had gone out of buisness and Nassau Scuba Center was no longer
reliable. Having read the reviews I was prepared to be dissapointed with
Stuart Coves.  

I was pleasantly surprised with my experience diving with Stuart Coves. The
dive sites were decent (nice reefs and walls, many wrecks) and I was placed
on a boat with more experienced divers. The boat was 42 feet, well layed
out, with 10-14 divers and 4 or 5 staff members. The staff on the boat
included a captain, 2 divemasters, a photographer, and a helper.

There was a large emphasis on safety in this operation which on the plus
side includes things like O2 on board and a written sign in roll call
before leaving dock and after each dive. On the negative side of safety
they do suggest resrtictions like 30 minutes bottom time and 100 feet max
depth. I noticed that once when the divemaster giving the briefing
(intentionally?) neglected to mention the time restriction one of the
divers spoke up ("what's the maxiumum bottom time on this dive?")
forcing the divemaster to suggest 45 minutes. I understand that because of
the large number of inexperienced divers they handle they have to operate
this way.

My favorite divesite was Razorback wall which was a well developed and
healthy reef a 20 minute boat ride south of the island. I saw some nice
Macro stuff on a numer of the shipwrecks. The sea was choppy one day and
still the others, there was current on only one dive (during the full
moon). In summary I think this is a good place for a beginner or
intermediate diver to dive, particularly if they don't mind the emphasis on
safety.
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