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Dive Review of Nekton Cruses in
Cayman Islands

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Bruscke, NJ, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 2514
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cancun and Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational depth; no decompression; buddy  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Nekton's boats really work to eliminate seasickness.  Most of the time I
was unaware I was on a boat.  Boats are very well outfitted for diving. 
Recommend asking for cabin 5 or 6 because those cabins are entitled to the
dive stations on the dive deck adjacent to the ladder.  Divers at those
dive stations can gear up on the seat next to the latter where there is
much more maneuvering room.  
   The Nekton boats will hold up to 34 passengers (plus about 10 crew). 
Usually they don't sail with a full load (I'm told).  At 28 passengers it
felt pretty full; I think it would be too crowded if there were 34.
   Crew was very professional, friendly and helpful.  Captains Mike and
Nelson especially so.  Most of the crew were very experienced divers; most
are instructors.  Had a couple of problems with my dive computer (blown
O-ring; reporting shallower depths than my other computers).  Nelson
replaced the O-ring and removed / replaced the battery to try to clear the
depth problem.  If you have an equipment problem they will do their best to
try to fix it.  
   At Bloody Bay Wall Caymans have a limit of 20 divers per boat.  We had
28 divers; so Nekton (at their own expense) hired a local dive boat to take
8 of us to Bloody Bay Wall on a separate boat.  
   I was on the Nekton Pilot prior to the Nekton Rorqual on this trip. 
Pilot had some condensation, but not enough to bother me.  Rorqual didn't
have any condensation.
   Caymans' coral struck me as much less colorful than I remember from
Cancun and Cozumel.  
   Both of Nekton's boats have 29% nitrox; I signed up for it on my
previous trip and this trip.  Unfortunately, on this trip, the nitrox
oil-less compressor's oil-filled cooler failed the previous week and they
couldn't repair it before our departure.  They had replacement parts and a
mechanic on the dock upon our return and I'm told it was repaired before
the next departure.  Stuff breaks; fixing it in this time frame seems to me
as best one could hope for.  (On my Pilot trip something else broke.  On
that occasion Nekton's owner flew the replacement part to the Northern
Bahamas and dumped it out the door of the plane.  The crew retrieved it
from the ocean floor and brought it up for installation.  Can't do better
than that for timeliness of service.)
    Nekton refuels at Cayman Brac; and, they told us, Cayman Brac
authorities won't allow them to refuel with passengers aboard.  Conjecture
is that the authorities are trying to promote tourism ON the island and the
refueling rule is a pretext.  This shot a day of diving in exchange for a
day of site seeing on the island.  I would have preferred to be diving as
there isn't that much to see on the island.  I wish Nekton had hired a
local dive boat to take the dive-addicts diving as an alternative to the
day on the island.  
    Nekton has a satellite phone; but, in the Caymans signal is erratic. 
Bring your cell phone, you will probably have cheaper calls and more
consistent signal.  
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