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Dive Review of Blackbeard's -- Morning Star in

Blackbeard's -- Morning Star: "Blackbeard Morning Star - August 2016", Aug, 2016,

by Dave Madorsky, CO, US ( 1 report). Report 9199.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Key Largo, Catalina Island (California), Monteray Bay (California)
Closest Airport Nassau Getting There No difficulties flying American Air from Denver to Charlotte to Nassau. Bag arrived undamaged, customs line was long but moved smoothly and relatively quickly - very perfunctory.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Standard recreational limits based on our certification; No technical diving allowed; no wreck penetrations without clearing it with the Divemaster and Captain (and proper equipment); no diving after drinking alcohol.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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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 4 stars
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments This was my first live-aboard. The Morning Star is a 65' ship, on which 25 people (20 divers, 5 crew) live for a week for a time. If you've heard it's 'camping at sea,' believe it! More like luxury camping, though, in that the food is excellent and lots of it, and the international crew (all very pleasant and attentive) catered to our needs without being overbearing or patronizing.

First some tips, especially if you've never been on a live-aboard before:
Be prepared to do ALL of your personal grooming with as little fresh water as possible. They have a water desalinizer on board, but it's slow going. If you've never been on a live-aboard, pay attention to the ships briefing at the beginning of the trip - especially the part about using the head!

Bring something soft to sit on while on deck. The seating area is ample, but there are no cushions. During the long transit from Nassau to the Eleuthera's we spent 6 hours in pounding 4' swells, which included a storm complete with lashing rain and lightning, so I was soon wishing for something to cush ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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