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Dive Review of Nekton Pilot in
Belize

Nekton Pilot, Jan, 2006,

by Grant Rowe, NY, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 2267.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Forida Keys, PNG, GBR, Bonaire, Belize (2 other trips)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None other than stay within NDL limits
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good UWP setup. Computers and interfaces for download, cd burning, two nice camera tables. Rinse tanks at dive stairs and at camera tables.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Unfortunately, our week on the Nekton Pilot wasn't at a good choice. Strong winds, rain most of the week kept us hiding behind Lighthouse island and Half Moon Key as other reviewers have mentioned. I didn't mind that since the option was to be out in quite high seas. That's the luck of the draw. Because of the weather, we also had limited vis.

After reading the reviews of the Pilot in Undercurrent, we made our reservations early and asked for rooms on the upper level. The person who took our reservations assigned us an upper level room and mentioned that the lower rooms did in fact have condensation problems. To our surprise, when we arrived at the boat we found that we had been moved to a lower cabin, a room with a 2 foot diaeter wet spot already formed on one bed. We protested but all they would do was apologize for the complete mess up of room assignments this week and give us a second lower level room. It also had condensation problems. We were offered $50 on board credit as compensation but there wasn't anything to purchase other than chemical glow sticks. We settled for the $50 video of the trip offered for sale the last day.

In their defense, not all was bad. While the Nekton had bad weather, the Aggressor and Sun Dancer, moored right next to us on Lighthouse reef for part of the week must also have had it rough. The Nekton design did seem to reduce rocking in high seas. In addition, the crew made the best of a bad week. The food was great, the dive deck operated very well and all crew were dedicated to our enjoyment and satisfaction.

I caution other divers that Nekton does not seem to view committments very firmly and because of this, I would not dive with them again.
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