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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Guthrie, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 1063
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
The Caymans, Hawaii, Cay Sal Bank, Great Barrier Reef, Catalina California,
La Paz Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
First drink = Last Dive and they asked you to take an
hour surface interval.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
E6, Light tables, large carpeted camera table, good rinse tanks
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
The Good:  Whole schools of fish (I loved the schools of Creole Wrasse
best) but there were schools of Jacks and other fish too.
Beautiful Walls, several moving Conch, Baracuda, goat fish, puffer, nurse
shark, box fish, cleaner wrasse and shrimp in business, rays and peacock
flounder in the sandy parts, and squid on display on every night dive. 
Hunting eel on night dive too!  Reefs very healty and beautiful.  Great
food and great people in the crew and passengers.

The Bad:  Two count'em two diving accidents.  Woman found at 100 feet alone
(when she had gone down with 2 buddies) groping the coral.  Fellow divers
brought her slowly to the surface as she seemed disoriented.  She stopped
breathing and no pulse could be found.  CPR perfomed by doctor and nurse on
board as guests, oxygen and airlift to Belize City from one of the islands.
  She lived and seemed just fine when she met the boat in Belize City when
we got back.  She vowed never to let her priority to get to the gym slip
again.  Second 
accident was much more minor, but the man was placed on oxygen for rapid
breathing and airlifted to Belize City.  He was given a chamber treatment,
but they decided it was not DCS.  He also recovered fully
and met the boat when we got back.  We were never sure exactly what
happened to either of them.  

Tips and things I wish I had known:  Their onboard water tasted salty this
time (our previous trip with Nekton Pilot did not have this problem).  Get
lots of beverages at the liquor store that they take you to before you get
on the boat.  Belize City shuts down for four days at Easter.  The Raddison
will rent you a day room by the hour for $10 Belize = $5 US/Hour (I don't
know if that is offical policy or if we just got a desk clerk with some
initiative.  Get your air tickets from TACA online.  Very cheap!  TACA lost
one couple's luggage and it was sent out several days into the trip.  Storm
made the going rough one night and seasick meds were a good idea.  

Great trip, more schools of fish than the Caymans.  Side trip to ruins okay
but they are pretty ruined.  Belize city is poor, hot and not interesting. 
(Some poor, hot cities are tremendously interesting but this one didn't
seem to have much history, museums, unspoiled cultures, handicrafts etc.)
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