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Dive Review of Epic Diving / Greenwood Resort, Cat Island/Greenwood Beach Resort in
Bahamas/Cat Island

Epic Diving / Greenwood Resort, Cat Island/Greenwood Beach Resort: "High voltage shark diving", May, 2015,

by Phil Johnston, Bayswater, AU (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 8231.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Epic Dive run a number of shark diving trips to different areas of the Bahamas during different times of the year- Tiger sharks off Grand Bahama Island, Great Hammerheads off Bimini, & Oceanic White-tips from April to June, operating as day trips out of Greenwood Beach Resort in Southern Cat Island. The Oceanic White-tip program delivers exactly what it promises - Oceanic White-tips, every day, for hours on end. Photgraphers will obtain dramatic, close-up shots of these beautiful, impressive animals.
Only those who are comfortable with very close interactions with large (7+ foot) sharks should consider this operation. Unlike almost all other sharks I've seen, the Oceanic White Tips here are very bold - expect to be bumped, or at very least experience multiple very close passes from the white-tips.
All of the diving was done in deep blue water, this trip is not for inexperienced divers who don't like open-ocean diving.
The operators of Epic Diving - Vincent & Deborah - are clearly passionate about sharks & giving divers opportunities to experience the Bahama's impressive array of sharks. I do however have some reservations about their operation - a guest asked Vincent if he hand-fed the Oceanic White-Tips, he advised not, on account of safety reasons. I did however see Vincent hand-feed the sharks the next day, he also showed me a photo of him hand-feeding a huge Tiger shark at Tiger Beach. I don't think it is a good idea at all for Oceanic White Tips or Tiger sharks to start associating human hands with food.
I enjoyed the close interactions with these magnificent animals & would hate to someone get hurt as a result of an accidental bite.

The other negative - I saw little else other than a handful of reef sharks & a barracuda or two. Deborah advised me that they had seen marlin, a great hammerhead shark & a tiger shark during their Oceanic White-Tip trips this year, I didn't see any of these.
Overall, I enjoyed my 4 days with Epic Diving, but encourage them to maintain the high safety standards required for this sort of diving.

I also make mention of Greenwood Beach Resort - it isn't a 5 star resort but has a great atmosphere, the food was great & it is situated on a long stretch of pristine beach, I loved the place.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cozumel, Cocos Island, Galapagos, Tonga, Mozambique, Tahiti, Maldives
Closest Airport New Bight Airport Getting There Couple of flights per day from Nassau, pretty easy to get to.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 28-29°C / 82-84°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-25 M / 66-82 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Don't approach the chum box too closely. Depth restrictions were not necessary as all the action occurred within 30-40 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments If you want dramatic pictures of Oceanic White Tip sharks this is the place. Apart from a couple of Caribbean reef sharks not much other subject matter however. Epic Diving's boat (the Thresher)isn't large & has basic facilities for post-dive rinses but not much else.
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