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Dive Review of Juliet in
Bahamas

Juliet, Oct, 2012,

by Stephen Kouri, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 6746.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving HI (Big Island, Maui), Cozumel, Cayman (Big, Little), Belize, Komodo and Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse bucket available for cameras, but no camera table.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Juliet is a 100+ foot sailing vessel that visits several Caribbean locations on a rotating basis.

This was a round trip from Miami, across the Florida Strait, to dive in the Bimini area of the Bahamas.

Diving:

The diving was typical of the Caribbean. Warm water, plenty of tropical fish and a shark or two on most dives. Marine life was not as abundant as you see in marine parks like Cozumel, but common Caribbean reef fish are reasonably abundant.

Juliet has a permission from the Bahamanian government to kill Lion fish, which sadly are abundant on the reefs. The crew gave a nice educational talk and provided instruction in spearing Lion fish on dives where Sharks wouldn't be a problem.

There wasn't a fresh water rinse for gear after diving, which leads to some pretty stinky gear after a couple days and a bright light under the boat would have been nice during night dives.


Accommodation:

Juliet is a sail boat. It has small hatches, doors, hallways, steep ladders and stairs. Those with mobility problems might find this boat difficult to navigate.

Berths in the bow are very small and share a single bathroom. One of the berths is a very small cabin and the other is a pair of bunks with only curtains to provide privacy. The occupants of the cabin have to walk past the bunks to exit their cabin.

Berths aft are larger and share two bathrooms. All aft berths are cabins.

We have been on several Aggressor/Dancer boats and they have many small luxuries that are not required, but make diving more pleasant. Your own bathroom, larger cabins, more towels, better food ... etc. While this things are nice they are also expensive.

Juliet is much less expensive than Aggressive/Dancer and therefore lacks some of these extras. This creates a casual environment between the crew and divers. My analogy is that the Juliet is like camping with friends and Aggressor/Dancer is like staying at a nice hotel.




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