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Dive Review of Unexso/Our Lucaya in
Bahamas/Freeport, Grand Bahama

Unexso/Our Lucaya, Oct, 2002,

by Thomas O. Moens, IL, USA . Report 224.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Babysitting, stay with divemaster at all times, etc.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Our trip was initially scheduled for September 12, 2001. Obviously, it was delayed a bit. We finally found our way to Freeport on October 11. Our Lucaya was a nice resort, if somewhat homogenized, but we arrived in the midst of a labor dispute, so some of the staff were somewhat less than friendly. We later learned that the 15% gratuity added to all bills went to resort, not to the staff, thereby explaining some of the attitude.

After all the hype, Unexso was a great disappointment. The tourist volume was a bit low, being one month after 9/11, but that certainly did not increase the level of service. After boarding the SS Hunkajunk, we were treated to the rudest captain we have ever encountered. Though there were several boats, they seemed to use the worst equipped and running of the bunch. Billows of smoke followed us all the way to the reef. After leaving the island, we had to go out of our way to pick up our divemaster, who was apparently already "recreating" on another boat. Unexso never asked our experience level nor did they ask to look at our dive logs, but put us with the only other divers they had--two nervous first timers. We were forced to suit up and sit on the dive platform until everyone was ready, and then we were directed to scootch into the water on cue. Then we had to stay with the divemaster for the entirety of our short, shallow dive.

When we returned, Captain Schmuck docked as far as possible from the rinse tank, and no one seemed to be able to locate any carts to haul gear. When we did lug everything back to the tank, we thought maybe we should just wait until we got home and rinse everything in the muddy Mississippi, rather than use that science experiment excuse for a rinse tank. The island and the reefs seem nice enough, just shop around for a dive facility.
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