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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in
Bahamas/Cay Sal Bank

Nekton Pilot, Jul, 2008,

by Dennis Jacobson, CO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4227.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Mexico, Fiji, Florida Keys, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive with a buddy at all times, observe no decompression limits, abide by "all back on board times" posted
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Adequate dedicated camera tables and fresh water rinse; excellent assistance on entry and exit; on board contest for digital shooters, computer facilities on board for viewing and editing.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was an excellent 7 day trip. Boat is older but well maintained. Excellent crew and accommodations. Boat can take 32 divers. We had 18 passengers and a few did not dive, so crowding was never an issue. Dive sites were unique and plentiful, and all ours. Cal Say Banks itinerary was excellent- no other boats around at all, no land around except first and last day, lots of blue holes, rays, sharks, great macro, excellent night dives. The Nekton does it right for divers, briefing each site, giving accurate information on conditions- current, surge, visibility- and allows divers to dive their own profiles in buddy teams, but provides DM's if desired. Entire crew has dm or instructor credentials. On one site, current was strong, and captain readily amended itinerary to more amenable site. Great liveaboard experience.
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