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Dive Review of Nekton Rorqual in
Cayman Islands

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bob & Carolyn Smith, MA, USA
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Report Number 2933
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Belize, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, New England
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive within recreational limits
Minimum 500 psi upon return to boat  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated fresh water buckets on the dive deck and next to the camera
tables.  Two large camera tables on the main deck under cover.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
This was our fourth Nekton trip.  We were very comfortable on the boat, and
found it to be clean and in good repair.  The crew was very good and worked
hard to accomodate all the passengers' needs.  The food was very good,
plentiful, and filling as usual.  Our only complaint is there are now so
many nitrox divers, the crew on the dive deck were distracted by them, as
they have to verify each diver's percentages.  That left those of us diving
on air without anyone to witness our entries or hand us our cameras.  The
nitrox divers also complained they had a long wait.  Nekton needs to work
on improving dive deck operations.  

The itinerary included diving at all three islands.  The reef around Grand
Cayman for the most part appeared pretty beat up with the exception of two
of the sites we visited.  Bloody Bay Wall at Little Cayman was beautiful
and healthy.  We only dove the Capt. Tibbets wreck at Cayman Brac, which
was enjoyable.  We saw many turtles, and had one leave the reef and swim to
us and circle us at close range several times, allowing me to take some
awesome pictures...that made this trip unforgettable for me!

We were annoyed by the mandatory 1/2 day ashore in Cayman Brac, which is a
deal which was apparently forced on Nekton by the Cayman government so that
we would spend money in the Caymans.  We had to buy lunch on shore, and
they offered tours and rental cars that we could pay for to entertain
ourselves, which we did not do.  We laid in hammocks all day at the resort
that hosted us (and where we bought lunch).  We'd rather pay a bit extra in
our Nekton fee and have a day boat take us out diving!

If diving is your thing, liveaboards give great value for your money as
opposed to a resort, and you'll often get to dive sites day boats can't
reach.  In our opinion, the sturdy and super stable Nekton is the best
bargain to be found in diving! 

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