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Dive Review of Blackbeards Cruises/Morning Star in
Bahamas

Blackbeards Cruises/Morning Star, Aug, 2008,

by Andy Kenley, Fla, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports). Report 4265.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fl Panhandle, Fl Springs, Fl Keys, Cozumel, Roatan, Colombia, Aruba.Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, St.Martens, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130' limit encouraged,
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]Dedicated rinse barrel

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]The "Morning Star" is a 65' sailboat. A Blackbeard cruise is a "seagoing" campout, The accomodations and the food are basic. The cook did wonders with what she had to work with. The price for a cruise is also basic, on a per dive basis, I don't think it can be beat on a liveaboard. This cruise was a new departure for Blackbeards,the itinerary began in Georgetown ( 100 miles south of Nassau) and traveled 200 miles further south to Hogsteies reef at the extreme southern end of the Bahamas,there were two to four dives a day as we passed from Isle to Isle on our voyage to Hogsteis and back. The coral was the most vibrant and alive at Hogsteies reef, that I have seen in many years.The walls at this remote location are as spectacular as any I have ever dove. We dove several walls at other locations that were remarkable for swimthroughs and the heavy nature of the coral growth. Some of our shallow afternoon dives were the ones with the best variety and populations of fish.
The only negative I feel compelled to site is that all the reefs we dove suffered from algae problems, however, the problems were nothing like those of the northern and central Bahamas.
I felt that every member of the crew went out of their way to make our cruise as sucessful and enjoyable as possible. Everyone of them was excited about the new destination and it showed.
I cannot recommend this company high enough. If you have an adventurous nature,and you don't mind roughing it, Blackbeards will reward you with remote sights and a committment to ensuring your diving pleasure.
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