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Dive Review of Blackbeard/Sea Explorer in
Bahamas

Blackbeard/Sea Explorer, Jul, 2004,

by David Schwab, AE, USA . Report 1221.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, North Sea, Med, Thailand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 27 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The divemaster asked divers to return within a specified time . . . but no one got ugly if someone was late.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No specific facilities for UWP, but the boat did provide a separate fresh water tub for cameras. One diver made frequent use of the boat's TV to show his photos.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Captain and crew were first class. They went out of their way to make the passengers comfortable and to create an enjoyable experience. Already cramped quarters would have been worse if the boat had a full compliment of passengers. If you are ultra-modest, maybe you better go elsewhere. Captain tried to get us to good dive sites; with a couple of exceptions, the sites were okay, but not terribly exciting and certainly not challenging. Good experience for novice divers. Best sites: MS Hesperus at night (lots of loggerhead turtles); Bull Run (shark feed); South Peak (what a wall!). The shark feed was well managed; diver safety came first, also responsible treatment of sharks (sharks seen only at Bull Run). Food was plentiful, lots of seconds; drinks and snacks available 24 hours. Most of the time we had clear skies, but occasionally a squall. Definately pack a rain suit; there isn't much cover on deck. Wet suit not necessary, but my shortie was comfortable. Keep in mind there could be jellyfish (I still have a mark from a sea wasp, 30 days later). Visits to Bimini are a nice break, just don't expect much (stay away from the guy with the coconuts); a visit to Andros is a waste of time. It's a long haul to and from Miami. Overall a worthwhile trip; good value for your money; don't expect to be pampered.
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