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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Grant Rowe, NY, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 2267
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Forida Keys, PNG, GBR, Bonaire, Belize (2 other trips)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None other than stay within NDL limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Good UWP setup. Computers and interfaces for download, cd burning, two nice
camera tables. Rinse tanks at dive stairs and at camera tables. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Unfortunately, our week on the Nekton Pilot wasn't at a good choice. Strong
winds, rain most of the week kept us hiding behind Lighthouse island and
Half Moon Key as other reviewers have mentioned. I didn't mind that since
the option was to be out in quite high seas. That's the luck of the draw.
Because of the weather, we also had limited vis.  

After reading the reviews of the Pilot in Undercurrent, we made our
reservations early and asked for rooms on the upper level. The person who
took our reservations assigned us an upper level room and mentioned that
the lower rooms did in fact have condensation problems. To our surprise,
when we arrived at the boat we found that we had been moved to a lower
cabin, a room with a 2 foot diaeter wet spot already formed on one bed. We
protested but all they would do was apologize for the complete mess up of
room assignments this week and give us a second lower level room. It also
had condensation problems. We were offered $50 on board credit as
compensation but there wasn't anything to purchase other than chemical glow
sticks. We settled for the $50 video of the trip offered for sale the last

In their defense, not all was bad. While the Nekton had bad weather, the
Aggressor and Sun Dancer, moored right next to us on Lighthouse reef for
part of the week must also have had it rough. The Nekton design did seem to
reduce rocking in high seas. In addition, the crew made the best of a bad
week. The food was great, the dive deck operated very well and all crew
were dedicated to our enjoyment and satisfaction. 

I caution other divers that Nekton does not seem to view committments very
firmly and because of this, I would not dive with them again.
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