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Dive Review of Nekton in
Puerto Rico/St. Croix

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Doug Dellisanti, Ohio, USA (1 report)
Report Number 5151
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas and Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
max 130 feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Plenty of camera tables and rise tanks.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We just finished the 5-day St. Croix trip on the Nekton Roqual.  This was
our first liveaboard and I was a bit apprehensive about being stuck on a
boat for a week.  From the first moment on board, I enjoyed the whole
experience so much so that my wife and I are both looking forward to the
next trip whatever that may be.  The Rorqual is very big, very slow, and
about the ugliest thing that you will ever be on but I can not imagine a
boat better suited for this purpose or more comfortable.  While it is true
that there are a few steps that need to be climbed during the course of the
day, it was well worth it.  Our September 27th cruse only had 15 people on
which made for a very spacious environment.   We only had 8 out of the
normal 12 crew and I truly felt sorry for them.  Remember, this is pretty
much a 24 hour operation and those people worked harder and longer that
what I would have considered reasonable.  Any time that I tried to help
like refilling the mask rise tank, one of the crew would come up to me and
take over with a smile and say that is my job!  That is an attitude that
is not widely shared in the service industry.  The crew was attentive to
our needs and always went out of their way to ensure that we had a
memorable time.   The food was prepared well and it was astonishing what
came out of that little galley.   After the second day or so, we asked the
cook if could have a salad for lunch instead of what was being served.  She
said yes and from that point on, there were the makings for a salad
available every day.  Many of the guests enjoyed the salads as well.  I
liked the fact that the crew would often dine with us and was always
willing to talk about any subject even though that talk may be intruding
into their limited sleep schedule.   The crew interacted well with the
passengers and well with each other.  

Wednesday is the day that the boat docks in Fredriksted where you have the
choice of walking into town or taking a shuttle somewhere  I forget where.
 Nobody opted for the shuttle and decided to stay close by.  Most people
made multiple dives at the pier and it was truly very enjoyable.  We all
liked the pier so much that we made a request of the captain to see if we
could return to the pier on Friday, which was our last day of diving  we
even offered to pony up for the dock fee.  The captain said that he talked
to the company and that we could return to the pier Friday afternoon and
the company would take care of the dock fee.  While we were having lunch on
Friday, the boat made the slow but smooth journey to the pier.  In
additional to the fantastic variety of life under the pier, these are
shallow dives which make for a greater margin of safety for those that were
flying on Saturday.

The Rorqual is old and showing its age but it is a worthy boat.  The carpet
is in dire need of replacement and the curtains have never fitted
correctly. Many of the lower cabin doors can not shut fully.   We never ran
out of anything including fresh water or hot water.  Electrical power was
only interrupted once for 5 or 10 minutes during the whole trip while they
checked the oil in the generator.   We were told well in advance that this
would be happening.  The boat has two generators each of which is capable
of powering the entire boat.  One of those generators is always running. 

We opted to take the Nekton shuttle from the airport to the boat, which is
$75.00 per person round trip.  While this was a pleasant way to get to know
the other passengers for that trip, it is rather inconvenient if you plan
on staying at a hotel before or after the trip because you are responsible
for getting to the post office at the airport or from the airport.  We
found a taxi driver by the name of Luis Velez that said that he would take
us to the boat directly for $80.00.  This would have worked out to be a
better deal for the two of us as opposed to taking taxis to and from the
airport to catch the shuttle.  His phone number is 787-630-4929 and he is a
great guy  tell him that I sent you.  Keep in mind that you cannot board
the boat any sooner than 7:30PM on the day of departure so plan

All in all, this was very enjoyable and we truly felt that we got more that
we expected.  Every one of the crew members were a joy to be with and
should be commended for their hard work and dedication.  The diving was
good and the other passengers on the trip made for a memorable experience.

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