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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in
Bahamas/Cay Sal Banlk

Nekton Pilot, Jul, 2009,

by Ira Braun, FL, USA ( 1 report). Report 4912.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Keys, Cocos, Belize, Hondouras, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Miami, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 Feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Two small tables for up to 32 divers. One rinse tank for the same number of divers. No facilities for chargers. No outlets on or near tables. I knew this ahead of time and brought my own power strip and charged devices in my room.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I am writing this entry because I wish I had seen a review prior to our embarkation. The boat is in horrible shape. The hull dirty, interior shabby and worn, ceiling tiles askew, air conditioner barely working, sewage smell in several rooms. I guess we should have surmised that the A/C was not working when we saw electric fans all over the boat. Outside temps were in the 90's, so the trip was exceedingly uncomfortable. Wires were hanging from the instrument panel in the wheel house. The boat was like a floating tenement traveling at 6 knots.
The diving was interesting and worthwhile, with many sharks and blue holes. The dive deck was crowded with 21 divers. The boat holds 32 divers. Nitrox was dispensed at 28-29% only at an additional cost.
The kitchen crew was fabulous. The cook and mate were however the only crew (besides the captain) who engaged the guests. While the dive crew were capable, they by and large ignored the guests and had to be asked for help over and over on the dive deck. They did little to help guests returning from dives getting onto the ladders with heavy steel 95's.
The captain was pleasant and did continually ask if everything was ok.
While we enjoyed the diving, we would definitely not return on this neglected vessel owned by someone who clearly doesn't care about return business. Beware.
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