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Dive Review of Unexso/Our Lucaya in
Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Thomas O. Moens, IL, USA
Report Number 224
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving

		
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Babysitting, stay with divemaster at all times, etc.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Comments
[None]
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
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
Our trip was initially scheduled for September 12, 2001. Obviously, it was
delayed a bit.  We finally found our way to Freeport on October 11. Our
Lucaya was a nice resort, if somewhat homogenized, but we arrived in the
midst of a labor dispute, so some of the staff were somewhat less than
friendly.  We later learned that the 15% gratuity added to all bills went
to resort, not to the staff, thereby explaining some of the attitude.  

After all the hype, Unexso was a great disappointment.  The tourist volume
was a bit low, being one month after 9/11, but that certainly did not
increase the level of service.  After boarding the SS Hunkajunk, we were
treated to the rudest captain we have ever encountered.  Though there were
several boats, they seemed to use the worst equipped and running of the
bunch.  Billows of smoke followed us all the way to the reef.  After
leaving the island, we had to go out of our way to pick up our divemaster,
who was apparently already "recreating" on another boat.  Unexso
never asked our experience level nor did they ask to look at our dive logs,
but put us with the only other divers they had--two nervous first timers. 
We were forced to suit up and sit on the dive platform until everyone was
ready, and then we were directed to scootch into the water on cue.  Then we
had to stay with the divemaster for the entirety of our short, shallow
dive.  

When we returned, Captain Schmuck docked as far as possible from the rinse
tank, and no one seemed to be able to locate any carts to haul gear.  When
we did lug everything back to the tank, we thought maybe we should just
wait until we got home and rinse everything in the muddy Mississippi,
rather than use that science experiment excuse for a rinse tank.  The
island and the reefs seem nice enough, just shop around for a dive
facility.
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