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Dive Review of Stuart Coves/Radisson, Wyndham in
Bahamas/New Providence

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Arik Olson, NY, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 3249
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
California, Cozumel, Bora Bora
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
72   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
15   to 40    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Suggested 100 feet for divers with computers, 80 feet for divers without  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
They had a cameras only rinse tank on the boat and explained it clearly,
staff did offer to hand divers their cameras when getting in/out of water
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
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
Stuart Cove's continues to be a safety conscious, reliable operation with
well trained friendly staff, well maintained equipment, and a high volume
of divers of varied abilities. They have relaxed the time limits on the
dives a bit since I dove with them last year, allowing 30-45 minutes on
deep dives and 45-60 minutes on shallow dives. I am not sure if this is a
facility wide policy or just the 2 dive guides I dove with. The boats were
in good condition and captains were competent. Both guides I dove with Jill
(Danish) and a male swedish dive guide whose name I forgot went out of
their way to make sure all the divers had an excellent dive experience.
This is a good place to go for a diver with a nondiving partner as Stuart
Coves is sure to get you back to your hotel on time and there are many
other things to do on the island.

My complaints are that I have become bored with the scenery in this part of
the Bahamas, the shallow reefs have a lot of Algae and are overfished,
(though the deeper walls were much better) and I am not all that fascinated
with Sharks. For a diver who is interested in seeing sharks they are
abundant here.

I ended up staying at both the Radisson and the Wyndham (for free due to a
Delta flight cancellation) and I liked the Wyndham better. The Cable beach
hotels are in the middle of a massive rennovation/rebranding, and this
resulted in the Radisson not being fully open. You wont need a rental car
here. My partner has a friend who has been living in New Providence for 2
years who took us to some excellent restaurants somewhat off the beaten
path: Oyster Bar in Sandyport, and Indigo on West Bay street. I would
suggest completely avoiding downtown Nassau. If one is interested in Kayak
Diving/Snorkeling it is possible at Love Beach. 
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