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

Stuart Coves/Radisson, Wyndham, Mar, 2007,

by Arik Olson, NY, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 3249.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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