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Dive Review of Dive Bermuda (fomerly Nautica)/in Hamilton in
Bermuda

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Martin & Ann Houston, MA, United States
Report Number 3052
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Carib and Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
strict follow-the-leader and asked us to surface with 800 psi  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
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
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
Dived out of Hamilton at shop accessible through a fancy hotel lobby, but
nobody seemed to mind us passing through in wet swimwear and T-shirts.

The first tank was a shallow (45 feet) coral shelf, with no special
features to
bring us back.  After a short ride (and short interval, but sufficient
since so
shallow) we dived a double wreck.

The Montana was a Confederate States of America gun runner, a steel paddle
wheel steamer that sank in the 1800s.  That wreck still has a lot of
vertical
structure to enjoy, including some of the paddle blades and the boiler.

Scattered on top and adjacent to this the Constellation, a 1943 wreck of a
wooden sailing ship that inspired Peter Benchley's book (and later movie)
"The 
Deep". Though only the mast step of the original structure remains,
the cargo
is much in evidence.  Their load of bags of cement have formed a surreal
landscape of "pillows", with slate slabs destined for use in pool
tables mingled
among them.  The rest of their cargo was more fragile or salvaged early
on;
the site is protected from collecting and still littered with the whiskey
bottles
from the more perishable part of the cargo.

The double wreck was  a lovely dive.  The site is accessible even when the
southern end of Bermuda is blown out by swell or high winds.

The dive operation is targetting the cruise ships in Hamilton, and so aims
at
easy dives and enforced profiles.
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