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Dive Review of Nekton Rorqual in
Cayman Islands

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Patricia del a Sota, VA, USA
Report Number 3081
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All throughout the Caribbean, Truk, Hawaii, Thailand, East Coast (US)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return with 500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
We spent a week in October 2006 on the Nekton Rorqual liveaboard diving
Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.  (This was our second Nekton trip
and we have done many other liveaboards.)  It was a wonderful trip.  There
were only 13 divers (out of a possible 26) so there was even more room than
usual on this already spacious boat!  The dive platform is well-configured
- very easy off and on.  A dive master had to read the tanks's nitrox
levels before each dive (on other trips, we were responsible for measuring
our own nitrox levels) which meant you sometimes waited a few moments until
they came around to you with the indicator.  The large steel tanks they use
are quite negative (heavy) so you wear less weight which is nice.  Because
they are so negatively bouyant, they can cause you to "roll" to
either side if not kept balanced.  The food was awesome - flavorful, varied
and plentiful.  The crew was great - cheerful and helpful at all times. 
They were very organized - from pickup at the Sunset House to drop off at
the airport.  The diving was OK, just OK.  I don't think I am seeing the
vibrancy of life that I saw when I started diving 20 years ago.  (Am I
becoming jaded?)   The boat is showing her age a bit but everything worked
as advertised.  My one pet peeve - the dive site briefings and drawings
were poor.  One crew member would draw the site and then another crew
member would erase it and draw it all over again.  They frequently were
clueless as to where the mooring was in relation to the reef!  The crew had
been diving these sites for a while but except for one or two crew members,
most did not seem able to properly describe nor draw a site.  All in all,
it was a very good, relaxing trip and we will consider doing another Nekton
in the future.                  
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