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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in

Aqua Cat Cruises: "Good Diving, Great Boat", May, 2015,

by Mark Kimmey, NY, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8218.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving New York, Hawaii, California, Kwajalein, Florida, Grenada, Bonaire, Caymans, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Mexico, Australia, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Nassau Getting There Airlines from numerous countries; transfers from/to the airport arranged through the Aqua Cat reservations office.

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 73 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Normal recreational limits in effect; NITROX limits as appropriate to mix (32% was about average).
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 2 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments A central camera table is well-lit and supplied with compressed air, and the crew is careful to explain which to ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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
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Comments Aqua Cat was our first liveaboard dive boat back in 2008, and it pretty much spoiled us for everything after. We still like day boat and shore diving in various destinations, but liveaboards are now our first choice. Aqua Cat has set a high bar against which we judge everything else: everything about this boat is easy, from the online reservation system, to travel and transfers from and to the airport, to boat operations. She still has about the nicest layout of any boat we’ve been on. Spacious cabins and common areas, and a well-organized dive deck really make a week on the water quite pleasant.

Passenger cabins are conveniently forward of the dive deck, but divers are asked not to traverse the corridor in wet gear, which is appreciated by all. Cabins are airy, well-lit and clean. There are adequate plugs (US 110v, 60 Hz) and mattresses were comfortable. Aqua Cat is very steady: on our previous trip we encountered rough weather but it was never too bouncy to move around (with caution) or sleep. On this trip the seas were mostly calm.

Cabins feature their own climate controls, so buddies can adjust to their preference. Small refrigerators are also provided, though we didn’t have much use for ours.

Fresh water is plentiful, but don’t be greedy or abusive.

Each dive station is two tanks wide, which gives each person enough room without feeling crowded. Plastic bins under bench seats – “tuppers” ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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