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Dive Review of Walker's Cay Hotel & Marina in
Bahamas/Walker's Cay, Abaco

Walker's Cay Hotel & Marina, Dec, 2003,

by Robert Morris, Pa, USA . Report 1295.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize, Cayman Islands, Guadelupe, Jamaica, Key West, La Jolla, Nassau, Nicaragua
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 73 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi in tanks.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Saw many sharks (Blacktips,Caribbean Reefs,Nurse and Bull Sharks)and
more Spotted Eagle rays than anywhere I've been. Once, there were at least 8 Eagle Rays swimming in a line along a reef. Not many regular
Caribbean fish, only a few Angels, Trumpetfish, Tangs,etc.
Reefs in good condition; Shark Rodeo interesting and well done.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The shop took me out 2 days when I was the only diver. They use a nice 42 ft.turbo drive boat (no prop). The dives consisted of many caverns and swim-throughs and were short distances from the shop.
I wore a 1.5 mm wetsuit and became cold when the bottom temp became
lower than 75. Next time, I'll bring a 3 mm suit.
My only criticism is that when other divers were on board ( five divers altogether), the briefings were short and did not let the novice divers (<10 dives)realize what they would be getting into on swim-throughs. Some of those swim-throughs were long and had many turns and sometimes very dark ahead and I could see that a few divers were very intimidated but felt that they had no option but to follow the divemaster. I'd rather see 2 divemasters on this type of dive so that one divemaster could take those who were afraid around the tunnels and meet the group on the other side. This small group became separated at one point and it was quite a while before the divemaster went to look for the missing.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A RE-SUBMISSION. SAW A MISTAKE IN THE FIRST ONE
(5 MINUTES AGO). THE CHANGE IS ON "SHORE DIVING", THERE ISN'T ANY. SORRY FOR THE MISTAKE.
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