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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in
Bahamas

Nekton Pilot, Jul, 2006,

by Sally Mayeux, NM, USA . Report 2605.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bahamas (prior trips), Bonaire, Utila, Saba, Cozumel, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back on the boat with 500 lbs. psi
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I was part of a group who chartered the entire boat. Experience of group members ranged from instructor to first-time in ocean. The boat is showing wear, and is reportedly scheduled for refurbishment soon. Rooms were small, spare, but comfortable. The diving was varied from shallow (20 ft.) to deep (90 ft.), wrecks (Theo's Wreck, Hesperus), flat coral mounts, and mini-walls. The crew did an excellent job of varying the sites. Dive briefings were detailed. Divers could stay with a divemaster or dive their own plan. There were always 4 divemasters assisting with each dive - 1 or 2 in the water, 2 or 3 on the deck during the dive. Crew was very accommodating with assistance with gear and cameras. When dolphins showed up unexpectedly, the crew quickly changed the plan to allow a swim with the dolphins. Despite the efforts of the crew, the dive deck is not big enough for 32 divers at the same time. Also, smaller sites (e.g., Hesperus) quickly became stirred up with virtually zero visibility. Arminda provided excellent food. Breakfast was juice, fresh fruit, cold cereals, bagels and toast plus hot dish - eggs, pancakes, etc., with warm cookies each morning for dive break. Lunch was filling and varied. Hors d'oeuvres daily mid-afternoon. Dinner always included fresh salads, hot breads, and luscious desserts. The crew was uniformly friendly and helpful. However, I was not pleased with the in-your-face tip request (demand?) at the end of the trip.
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