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Dive Review of Dive Bermuda (fomerly Nautica)/in Hamilton in

Dive Bermuda (fomerly Nautica)/in Hamilton, Sep, 2006,

by Paul Martin & Ann Houston, MA, United States . Report 3052.

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 2 stars
Comments Dived out of Hamilton at shop accessible through a fancy hotel lobby, but
nobody seemed to mind us passing through in wet swimwear and T-shirts.

The first tank was a shallow (45 feet) coral shelf, with no special features to
bring us back. After a short ride (and short interval, but sufficient since so
shallow) we dived a double wreck.

The Montana was a Confederate States of America gun runner, a steel paddle
wheel steamer that sank in the 1800s. That wreck still has a lot of vertical
structure to enjoy, including some of the paddle blades and the boiler.

Scattered on top and adjacent to this the Constellation, a 1943 wreck of a
wooden sailing ship that inspired Peter Benchley's book (and later movie) "The
Deep". Though only the mast step of the original structure remains, the cargo
is much in evidence. Their load of bags of cement have formed a surreal
landscape of "pillows", with slate slabs destined for use in pool tables mingled
among them. The rest of their cargo was more fragile or salvaged early on;
the site is protected from collecting and still littered with the whiskey bottles
from the more perishable part of the cargo.

The double wreck was a lovely dive. The site is accessible even when the
southern end of Bermuda is blown out by swell or high winds.

The dive operation is targetting the cruise ships in Hamilton, and so aims at
easy dives and enforced profiles.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Carib and Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions strict follow-the-leader and asked us to surface with 800 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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