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Dive Review of Stuart Cove in

Stuart Cove, Jul, 2009,

by Dan Clements, WA, USA (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 4965.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After reading various reviews of Cove's operations, I did not have terribly high expectations. It is a large operation, but I had several days to kill before a photo shoot.

I was very pleasantly surprised. While this is a large operation, my dives with Stuart Cove were very fun and entertaining. There were no time restrictions, and the shark dives were very good.

Having dived with Great Whites, I initially felt the Carribean White Tipped dives were way over-hyped. While these are fairly mellow sharks, there is a lot of action, and the sharks to bump into you. They are not aggressive towards the divers, they are trying to get to the food.

On our dive a shark latched onto the sync cables of the Cove photographer and summarily destroyed them. I had a bit of a problem with flash positioning because the sharks would bump into my strobes and strobe arms.

Bring wide angle and fish eye lenses! We had so much fun it is back again next year.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Bahamas, Mexico, Monterey, Puget Sound, British Columbia, Galapagos, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Marquesas, Oman, Guadalupe
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79-84°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments My rig is a large DSLR (Nikon D300, Subal housing, twin Ikelite 125 sobes), and Cove's staff were very accomodating of my gear. Large rinse tank, and constant reminders to divers not to use to rinse masks or gear. This was true for both the shark and other dives.
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