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Dive Review of Nekton Rorqual in
Bahamas/Southern

Nekton Rorqual, Mar, 2003,

by Bob & Carolyn Smith, MA, USA . Report 393.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving New England, Bonaire, Red Sea, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 76 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130' maximum; look for boat at 1000 psi, return with minimum of 500 psi; first alcoholic drink is last dive for the day
Liveaboard? yes 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 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
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 4 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 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our first liveaboard experience, and we were impressed. Everyone associated with Nekton, including office personnel, worked hard to make this a quality experience. The Rorqual crew were safety and environmentally conscious, and paid attention to their guests' needs and desires. They all work well as a team and appear to enjoy their jobs. The cabins were roomy, the beds comfortable, with plenty of hot water for showers. The entire boat was kept immaculate, despite obvious signs of wear and tear. The food was very good and plentiful. There were no soft drinks on board, but water, punch, juice and iced tea were always available. The dive deck was well laid out, although it could get crowded if everyone was suiting up at the same time. Setting up your gear once for the week and not having to lug it anywhere except 2 steps to the edge of the boat, in our opinion, is the ultimate in luxury for a diver! All the photographers seemed pleased with the setup for cameras, slide developing was available, and there was a fun photo contest for slides and digital at the end of the week.

Diving varied in quality from poor to terrific, depending on the site. Some repeat divers had requested new locations, and the captain was trying to accomodate them by exploring new sites, which turned out to be generally disappointing. When he abandoned the search and returned to the sites he knew, diving improved dramatically. There was a great variance in topography from walls to caverns, swim throughs, sandy bottoms with large coral mounds. More green alagae than we expected covered the hard corals at several sites. We saw several black tip sharks, large Nassau groupers, a couple of large barracudas. Lots of beautiful Queen, Gray and French Angels and other tropicals.

We are now liveaboard fans and will definitely return to the Nekton, as well as try out others.


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