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Dive Review of Epic Diving/Blue Marlin Cove Resort in
Bahamas/Tiger Beach

Epic Diving/Blue Marlin Cove Resort: "Weather-interrupted Tiger Beach trip", Mar, 2018,

by Jim Harris, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10212.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Socorro, Palau, Cocos, TX Flower Gardens, Hawaii, Bahamas, Caymans, Belize, Cozumel
Closest Airport Freeport Getting There DFW to Charlotte to Freeport

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 74 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A 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
UW Photo Comments The boat had a rinse bucket for cameras but otherwise weren't set up to accommodate cameras. The boat isn't that large so there's no camera table, almost no battery charging ability (just a coup ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Quick summary: Even though we lost 3 of 5 days of diving to weather (high winds/seas), we still got in half the planned 10 dives at Tiger Beach and the dives didnít disappoint. The owners/operators of Epic Diving are great people to dive with and they did what they could to help us find alternate activities on the weather days. We had 3 tigers and 1 great hammerhead the first day, 1 tiger and 1 great hammerhead the last day along with about 30 other lemon, reef, bull, and nurse sharks. The shark action at the bait crate on the bottom is almost non-stop so thereís little down-time waiting for another shark pass. The Blue Marlin Cove resort (where the dive boat docks) is comfortable to stay at as long as you can deal with its quirks. If youíre comfortable with sharks then this trip is a must-do.

Some details:
The dive boat is ~65í long for 12 divers. The cabin provides weather-protected seating and thereís also protected seating up on the fly bridge. The dive deck is tight quarters for 12 divers. If it was about 8í longer it would be a little more comfortable trying to get geared up and provide room for a camera table. Thereís a marine head in the bow, virtually no battery charging facilities on the boat (just a couple of USB ports that are used to keep their phones charged) so make sure you have enough batteries to last through 2-3 dives. Thereís a shelf on the dive deck about 2í deep by 8-10í long so itís a catch-all for storage off the floor. In the cabin thereís a cabinet top that provides a little storage area but most everything is stored on the floor in the cabin or the dive deck. Iíd advise having a dry-bag for your towel and other personal items as the floor in the cabin gets quite wet. And bring your own towel, the boat doesnít provide them, the resortís towels are small and thread-bare. The boat does roll quite a bit in the right sea conditions and we had two people seasick in spite of whatever meds they took (the patch worked for me).

Meet at the dock at 10am-ish for a leisurely departure to Tiger Beach. Itís 1:45 to 2 hours to get there so having a Kindle or book to read helps pass the time. They shoot for a return to the dock by 6pm. We only had to wait a few minutes the first day for the tigers to appear (we were met with lots of lemon and reef sharks at the surface). One of the owners will go in the water first with the bait c ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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