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Dive Review of Blackbeard's in
Bahamas/Grand Bahama/Biminii

Blackbeard's, May, 2006,

by Tom & Vonice Hoffman, Iowa, USA . Report 2647.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come back to the boat if you run out of air. Just kidding, but you are responsible for your self and your buddy. The dive master was very good, you had as much freedom as you wanted.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Just rince tank, nothing else, you are on your own although we had a couple from brazil, who are very good photographers and they seemed to have no problem. They got great shots, my shots were average except for the Sharks, I got some really good ones of them.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our second trip with Blackbeard's so there were no surprizes, the only thing that would have made the overall experience better would have been better shower facilities back on land at the end of the trip, 3 boats and everyone trying to get a shower at the end of the trip was hard, but they have only been at their new location in Freeport Grand Bahama since January, and improvemnts are being made and more showers are in the near future.

The trip was very good, better than our first one with them and on that one we saw tons of sharks. This trip the shark dive was just awesome. One of the night dives we saw lots of baracudas and many very large logger head turtles and hawskbills too. Lots of schools of small fish, baracudas and rays all the time. Some really spectacular corals and sponges on some of the sites.

A great trip and well worth the money. We saw other live aboards diving the same sites or close and I know they charge alot more, I know I checked. My overall rating would be "Excellent" on all counts.
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