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Dive Review of Nekton Rorqual in
Cayman Islands

Nekton Rorqual, Oct, 2006,

by Patricia del a Sota, VA, USA . Report 3081.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We spent a week in October 2006 on the Nekton Rorqual liveaboard diving Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. (This was our second Nekton trip and we have done many other liveaboards.) It was a wonderful trip. There were only 13 divers (out of a possible 26) so there was even more room than usual on this already spacious boat! The dive platform is well-configured - very easy off and on. A dive master had to read the tanks's nitrox levels before each dive (on other trips, we were responsible for measuring our own nitrox levels) which meant you sometimes waited a few moments until they came around to you with the indicator. The large steel tanks they use are quite negative (heavy) so you wear less weight which is nice. Because they are so negatively bouyant, they can cause you to "roll" to either side if not kept balanced. The food was awesome - flavorful, varied and plentiful. The crew was great - cheerful and helpful at all times. They were very organized - from pickup at the Sunset House to drop off at the airport. The diving was OK, just OK. I don't think I am seeing the vibrancy of life that I saw when I started diving 20 years ago. (Am I becoming jaded?) The boat is showing her age a bit but everything worked as advertised. My one pet peeve - the dive site briefings and drawings were poor. One crew member would draw the site and then another crew member would erase it and draw it all over again. They frequently were clueless as to where the mooring was in relation to the reef! The crew had been diving these sites for a while but except for one or two crew members, most did not seem able to properly describe nor draw a site. All in all, it was a very good, relaxing trip and we will consider doing another Nekton in the future.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All throughout the Caribbean, Truk, Hawaii, Thailand, East Coast (US)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 81-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return with 500 PSI
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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