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Dive Review of Stuart Cove & Nassau Scuba Center in
Bahamas/Nassau

Stuart Cove & Nassau Scuba Center, Aug, 2002,

by Marv Gozum, PA, USA . Report 137.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Turks & Caicos, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, So. Florida, Florida Keys, Statia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 130 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 30 Min BT, about 40-50 min dive times; 80' max depth by tables, 130' by computer
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Nassau is very developed; they can support photography easily; alas there may not be much to photograph but sharks

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Nassau, Bahamas is poor diving value. While the waters are sapphire to turquoise, crystal clear visibility from 50-130' in many places, its climate pleasant in summer, all reefs I visited were 50-90% denuded of live coral. Bottom times are kept at 30 minutes, and rare haggling could get you 60 minutes. Fish life existed as mostly juveniles in small schools amidst a skeletonized landscape of dead coral that betrayed a past glory. The wrecks are small and uninspiring, much like quarry wrecks in the northeast USA. The locals are some of the nicest and friendliest I've met in the Caribbean, while the expats are some of the most disenchanted. Nassau is expensive, developed and optimized to harvest US tourist dollars. With 700 reported islands and cays, there are many options in the Bahamas besides Nassau, if not elsewhere in the Caribbean. Stuart Cove's is a dive vending machine, impresonal but precise. Nassau Scuba Center is more personal.
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