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Dive Review of Stuart Cove in

Stuart Cove, Jun, 2006,

by John Crellin, PA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 2555.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Overall if I were to do this dive again, I would probably take my own camera and dive computer (I have a wrist model) and just rent their gear. Stuart Cove is a machine when it comes to getting divers out for the dives and back again to their hotels. Their facitilites therefore are very hustle and bustle. The dive boats are not roomy. If every diver on the boat had brought their own gear and gear bags things would have been very cramped. The shark awareness dive is a "neat" dive, but you are there to swim with sharks. If you want to dive on a reef, take a different dive. You spend most of you time on a sand flat called shark arena. If you have good air consumption, you will not use your air and you must dive their profile and time limit. both dives last about 40 minutes with a 30 minute surface interval. The way to maximize your time underwater and with the sharks is to get ready and get in the water first. I would catagorize Stuart Cove as a "tourist operation" more than a diver's operation. They definitely cater to the tourist who wants to snorkel or use their "sub" devices and get back to their cruise ship or hotel in a set amount of time. Bring your own snacks for the boat or pay big prices in their shop. There is only a water jug on board the boat. The employees are very nice and willing to help, both in the shop and on the boat. If you are in the Bahamas for a vacation and making a dive whether on a reef or with the sharks is secondary then Stuart Cove is the operation to use because they are very effecient at moving people. If you are there for diving, find another operator who focuses on the diving experience and not moving large groups of people in and out of the water.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida, Aruba, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions This was their Shark Awareness dive so there were several restrictions including a required full wetsuit and a 60 feet max on the first dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments It is not well stated in the brochure or instructions, but photos or video are allowed for both dives. On the second dive (the feeding), you are not allowed to move arround but you can take photos.
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