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Dive Review of Cape Eleuthera Institute in

Cape Eleuthera Institute: "Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas", Jun, 2016,

by Mary K Wicksten, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 8952.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Cape Eleuthera Institute and adjacent school are very eco-conscious. I was there for a scientific project, not recreational diving so did not visit any notable dive sites. Diving along Abaco Sound is very easy. I helped clean algae off a coral restoration and "nursery" area. Very pretty small reef, little disturbance by people, no surf but no big fish either. Snorkeling over seaweed and seagrass meadows. Housing at the Institute in comfortable and breezy apartments. The Institute and school used the same cafeteria that emphasized healthy stuff--lots of veggies, tough meat, some bread, monotonous sauces and no dessert or alcohol. (A small store within walking distance did a great business selling alcohol, ice cream and chocolate). You had to tote your own water bottle over to the cafeteria to get drinking water.

Be very careful to check on the latest conditions on the island before you come here. I got a map showing a big resort near the Institute, but it went bankrupt and was abandoned years ago. There is a small dive shop but it was closed. I'm told that one can charter a boat from them but I never saw anybody there. If you're looking for a snorkeling "thrill dive" in one of the passes, be aware that the channel at Cape Eleuthera is very shallow--it's easy to be scraped. Even worse, it empties into a boat basin where the fishermen clean their catch. Visibility is poor and bull sharks jump for food. (No lie! I saw it!)

Note that there are two airports on Eleuthera, so be sure you end up at the correct one or you can expect one heck of a taxi bill. Renting a car is expensive and probably not worthwhile. Also note that the shuttle plane does NOT have access to a jetway. I saw a hapless handicapped lady being shoved up the stairs from the rear while someone pulled her arms from above. As is common at small outer island airports, flights can be delayed or cancelled (my inbound flight was delayed by 2 hours but at least I heard no complaints about missing luggage).

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Galapagos, western Mexico, California, Hawaii, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Australia, New Guinea, Florida springs
Closest Airport S. Eleuthera Getting There Miami to Nassau to S. Eleuthera (small shuttle plane on last leg)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75-70°F / 24-21°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-50 Ft/ 12-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We helped to clean a coral "nursery", so we had to be very careful not to bump anything.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I was at the Cape Eleuthera Institute for a project involving snorkeling in an inland saline pond--strictly of interest to biologists, I'm sure. Easy diving, good place to experiment with a new camera. No rinse bucket on boat. I got in a dive from a small boat to help clean coral growth racks. Sea floor was clean white sand. Nearby reef had notches, passageways and overhangs. Lots of small fish including fairy basslets, jawfishes, glassy gobies, etc.,no lionfish here but many reported elsewhere. A few curious barracuda. Small but healthy coral, black coral in underhangs. Snorkeling on extensive seaweed and seagrass flats off the Institute proper, some reef balls, a shallow shipwreck but watch out for unexpectedly strong current around boat slips.

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