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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in
Bahamas/Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park

Aqua Cat Cruises: "Luxury boat. Good diving. Excellent group.", Jan, 2019,

by Harvey S Cohen, NJ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 10864 has 2 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments In the lull following the winter holidays, with the added effects of the U.S. partial govt shutdown, there were only 17 guests on-board a boat that accommodates 29. So there was lots of extra space to spread out on the dive deck, and I had a solo cabin. I've been on the Aquacat before when it was fully booked, and it was just fine, but going during a slack period is even better if you can manage it. The captain did a great job of selecting dives sites where current and other conditions were excellent. A second shark feed-- staged on the Austin Smith wreck-- was particularly enjoyable. The cabins, public spaces, dive deck, and equipment were all in great condition. Food, as always, was superb, and the chef did an outstanding job of catering to special dietary restrictions. Camera working and charging facilities on the dive deck were very good.
One of the joys of liveaboard travel is getting to know interesting folks from around the world, and this trip did not disappoint. There were people from Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Peru, Canada, and U.S., including a best-selling author and a student of marine biology who teaches juggling and tightrope-walking at circus camp.
Websites Aqua Cat Cruises   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Gulf of Eilat, Bali, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Red Sea, Fiji, Palau, Coral Sea, Galapagos, many Caribbean locations, New Jersey, Florida, National Aquarium, Dutch Springs, Silfra (Iceland), Panama (Pacific)
Closest Airport Nassau, Bahamas Getting There United direct from Newark.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 77-80°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-90 Ft/ 9-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Night dive 1 hour.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good dry work area with compressed air and charging outlets on the dive deck. Good work space in the dining room / salon and outdoor lounge. Charging permitted in cabins. Separate rinse tank for cameras. Crew handles cameras carefully.
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