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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in
Bahamas/Exumas

Aqua Cat Cruises: "A Tale of Two Reefs", May, 2022,

by Hugh E Aaron, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 11929.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments With three different levels of liveaboard boats (Aqua Cat, Cat Ppalu, and Blackbeards) diving the Exumas for decades, All Star Liveaboards really knows the Exumas. Aqua Cat is the flagship of the All Star Exumas fleet.

Aqua Cat leaves from Nassau before sunrise on Sunday and, cruising at about 10 knots, arrives in the northern Exumas in time for a morning dive. Our week, Captain Sam hopped from dive site to dive site traveling as far south as the Exumas Land Sea Park before turning around and working our way north again. Once we entered the Exumas, it was five dives a day including night dives until Thursday when we had a going away Captainís Party instead of the night dive. It was quite an event complete with a photo contest, "awards" and a lot of light hearted comedy. On Friday we made our last dive in the Exumas before starting back to Nassau stopping along the way to dive the Lost Blue Hole. Friday night was a laid back evening in the marina.

The crew understandably requests that everyone stay off the boat (or on the dive deck only) on Saturday after breakfast so that they can prep the boat for the next group of guests. However, they hold all luggage on the dive deck until the ground transport van arrives. We walked into town that morning, returning in time to catch our airport shuttle. But the marina pool would have been another option. All of the ground transportation and luggage transfers are coordinated by the crew.

Aqua Cat is a serious dive boat. The boat, crew, systems and itinerary are all finely tuned for getting in as much diving as possible. Each diver is assigned a station on the dive deck with a seat, a storage bin and two tanks. There is also plenty of space to hang wet items. The fill whips reach each diverís station so the tanks can be filled in place (with either air or nitrox) after each dive without removing the BC. It is evident that a lot of thought was put into making it comf ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Virginia, North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Florida, Abaco, Bimini, Culebra, USVI, BVI, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Caymans, Dominica, Roatan, Belize, Saba, St, Barths, St Kitts, Nevis, Saint Martin, Bequia, Bonaire, Curacao, Thailand, Australia, Egypt
Closest Airport Lynden Pindling (Paradise Island/Nassau) Getting There Nonstop from Fort Lauderdale in less than 40 minutes

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 78-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-130 Ft/ 12-40 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational dive limits, generally back on the boat is about 50 minutes, but mostly just so we had time to get to the next dive site. With 5 dives a day, 50 minutes per dive was fine for us.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments They are set up for serious photographers with dedicated wet and dry work space on the dive deck. T ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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