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Dive Review of The Juliet in
Bahamas

The Juliet, Jun, 2006,

by Irene Lee, AK, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3040.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Alaska, Hawaii, Florida Keys, Jamaica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm,currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No solo diving allowed. 130 ft max depth. All divers must have time piece and pressure gauge. Computers optional. Buddy teams of 3 divers OK. Not time limits on dive. Dive your profile.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 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 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Juliet is a 104 foot 3-masted sailboat that sails out of the port of Miami. The normal sailing route during the summer months is to Bimini and then straight down towards Cuba. Unfortunately, due to a tropical storm we had to take a different route. We dove off Bimini the first day and then went to Nassau, Andros Island, and Cat Cay for the rest of the week. The diving was fantastic with lots of wreck dives, deep wall dives, and a couple of incredible night dives with strong currents. Every day was hot and sunny and only the first day did we have overcast skies and some slight showers. but that was due to the edge of the storm being so close to us.

The Juliet only takes a maximum of 12 passengers and the service is personal. You get to know the crew very quickly. Captain John is a very experienced captain with a great crew. They work very long days and always seemed happy to be there. The cabins are small as is expected on a sailboat, but my husband and I never felt cramped. We only went to the cabin to change clothes or sleep. The bed was very comfortable and the rocking of the sailboat during the night crossings rocked us all to sleep. It was the best night's sleep I'd had in months! Even during the one night when we had rough seas, the rocking motion was so gentle it was soothing. Nobody complained of sea sickness although we were all taking Bonine just in case.

Nitrox 32 is available for $100 extra and the tanks are filled using a membrane. Very quick and the tanks were always filled by the time the surface interval was over and we'd moved to a new site. Dive briefings were thorough and pictures of unusual critters were passed around for easier identification. There is a large hang bar at around 15 feet that some divers used. Since we do several deep stops below this depth we chose to do free ascents and never used the bar. The food was wonderful and plenty of it for seconds. Soda, water, and alcohol are all included in the price. Snacks are available all day. There are showers downstairs by the cabins but most of us used the on deck shower between dives and at the end of the day. Plenty of hot water and no rationing.

Several of us had Hogarthian configurations of our gear including long hoses and backplate with wings. The crew was very accepting of all technical looking gear and techniques. In fact, two of the divers with us routinely dived with pony bottles on the deeper wall dives. Minimum deco stops (DIR technique) with free ascents were OK to do and we did them on every dive. Every dive for us was about 1 hour and some were a little longer. No pressure to dive shorter times.

The night dives were sometimes on new sites that we had not dived during the day. The currents were almost always strong on these sites. There were some divers who opted out of all the night dives for various personal reasons. Usually it was just 4-6 of us who did the night dives. These were fantastic and challenging as the vessel only has 1 bright overhead light and no hull lights. Excellent navigation skills are a must as are good strong lights.

This was a fantastic trip and we plan to return. Maybe next time we will have better weather and be able to do the planned itinerary. The Juliet sails in Turks and Caicos during the winter also. I highly recommend this liveaboard to anyone looking for a laid back trip. Just be aware that you do not have dive masters leading you around therefore you need to have excellent navigation skills and confidence in your abilities. The dive masters will dive with you if you ask them but only if their other duties permit. The expectation is that all divers are competent and able to plan and safely execute their own dives. You can find out more through the website www.sailjuliet.com
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