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Dive Review of Custom Aquatics/Hilton in

Custom Aquatics/Hilton, Nov, 2007,

by Ken Davis, NJ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 3975.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I've been diving for almost 15 years, but this was my 16-year-old son's first dive trip after certification. It was all we could have hoped for. Custom Aquatics is a 2-person operation that works as a private charter. Fran and Monte were delightful to dive with. We were picked up at our hotel in the late morning (no crack of dawn wakeup calls), and just the 2 of us went out and reached the dive sites as Stuart Cove's big boats were leaving. We generally had the reef to ourselves. Fran and Monte took turns leading the dive or minding the boat, and were good at pointing out fish life. No sharks or dolphins, but tons of grouper, stingrays, and as wide a range of tropicals as anyone could want. We also dove a few wrecks, but with this operation you can go where you want, conditions permitting. This individual service was significantly more expensive than most dive operations, but it was well worth it. We brought our gear down the first day and never had to touch it again. Swim back to the boat, Fran or Monte would lift it off my back while still in the water and it would be set up on the next tank before I climbed up the ladder. Beverages and lunch were provided. On one dive the last day Monte took photos which were later sent to us on CD. If you want to avoid cattle car diving, and are willing to pay for it, this is a fabulous operation.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Grand Bahama, St.Croix, Cozumel, Florida, Bora Bora, Maui
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77-80°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 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 [None]
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