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Dive Review of Nekton Rorqual in
Cayman Islands

Nekton Rorqual, Sep, 2006,

by Bob & Carolyn Smith, MA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 2933.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Belize, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, New England
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive within recreational limits
Minimum 500 psi upon return to boat
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dedicated fresh water buckets on the dive deck and next to the camera tables. Two large camera tables on the main deck under cover.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our fourth Nekton trip. We were very comfortable on the boat, and found it to be clean and in good repair. The crew was very good and worked hard to accomodate all the passengers' needs. The food was very good, plentiful, and filling as usual. Our only complaint is there are now so many nitrox divers, the crew on the dive deck were distracted by them, as they have to verify each diver's percentages. That left those of us diving on air without anyone to witness our entries or hand us our cameras. The nitrox divers also complained they had a long wait. Nekton needs to work on improving dive deck operations.

The itinerary included diving at all three islands. The reef around Grand Cayman for the most part appeared pretty beat up with the exception of two of the sites we visited. Bloody Bay Wall at Little Cayman was beautiful and healthy. We only dove the Capt. Tibbets wreck at Cayman Brac, which was enjoyable. We saw many turtles, and had one leave the reef and swim to us and circle us at close range several times, allowing me to take some awesome pictures...that made this trip unforgettable for me!

We were annoyed by the mandatory 1/2 day ashore in Cayman Brac, which is a deal which was apparently forced on Nekton by the Cayman government so that we would spend money in the Caymans. We had to buy lunch on shore, and they offered tours and rental cars that we could pay for to entertain ourselves, which we did not do. We laid in hammocks all day at the resort that hosted us (and where we bought lunch). We'd rather pay a bit extra in our Nekton fee and have a day boat take us out diving!

If diving is your thing, liveaboards give great value for your money as opposed to a resort, and you'll often get to dive sites day boats can't reach. In our opinion, the sturdy and super stable Nekton is the best bargain to be found in diving!





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