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Dive Review of jim abernethys scuba adventures in

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by woody stene, mn, usa
Report Number 1355
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat was definitely geared to photographers, and we had several advanced
camera rigs in operation.  Two large dedicated rinse tanks available, and
ample charging facilities. Staff was helpfull with camera handling, and
computer reviews of the day's digital images were a nightly affair.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Liveaboard is the Shearwater, based out of Riveria Beach, slightly north of
West Palm Beach, Fla. Boat is a converted V-hull, with space for 12
passengers.  We only had 5 passengers this trip, so we had space aplenty. 
Accommodations would be tight with a full load, but doable.  All bunks are
over/under singles, with 2 each in 3 small cabins and the rest in sort of a
dormitory in the front of the boat.  Sleeping space was good, but storage
tight.  They recommend that you bring minimal soft luggage, and if you have
large dive bags, that you unload them there and store the bags at the
office.  They have a lot to park your car in while out for the week,  or
else its about a 20 buck cab ride from PBI airport.  They usually frequent
the norhwestern Bahamas above Grand Bahama island, and have some great
sites.  We were lucky enough to get in on one of their signature tiger
shark dives, which was unforgettable.  They also did more conventional reef
shark dives, with plenty of shark action.  They didn't actually feed the
sharks, but instead attracted them with chum baskets which pulled lots of
them in but kept things manageable.  We also got to swim with dolphins a
few times, and the crew had a couple of scubascooters which they used to
play with the critters and keep them around the boat.  Fantastic pictures,
all around!  Lots of nice coral formations, and wreck diving on the Sugar
Schooner was great fun, especially when we came back at night.  Food was
great, with buffet service as usual.  Snacks were always available, and
entrees were interesting, with freshly caught hogfish one night.  One of
our gang brought up several conch and then laboriously cleaned them and
turned them into conch salad-yum!  There was a soda wand on the back deck,
and passengers brought their own booze.  As usual, the first drink of the
day was also the end of diving for that day.  The staff bent over backwards
to accomodate our needs, and while they were there to watch over the less
experienced, they let the veterans do their own thing.  When my wife's
regulator experienced a weird O ring failure, they borrowed her a regulator
from one of the crew, which was typical of how they did things.  They are
very involved with ocean preservation movements, and we got in on their
baby sea turtle release, which they do on every trip during the hatching
season,and which immensely improves their survival rate.  All in all, this
was one of the best liveaboard trips we have taken, and we will certainly
be back for more.
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