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Dive Review of Nekton in
Cayman Islands/Grand, Little and Cayman Brac

Nekton, Aug, 2006,

by Maria Brinson, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 2737.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Roatan, Utila, Rarotonga, S. California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No diving deeper then 130ft
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We just finished the Aug 19 Cayman trip and it was great. The crew was a lot of fun yet professional, all the dives were great except Tarpon alley, the vis was only about 30 ft. The weather held out for us and we had a great time. There were only a total of 14 passengers, which was great. The food was really good too.
We haven't gotten a camera yet so of coarse everything we saw was just feet away posing for us.
One thing that did irritate everyone on the boat was when we were heading for a mooring on Little Cayman an Aggressor boat (which was already moored) saw us passing and decided to change dive spots and go to ours. We were heading to Jackson's Reef, our captain, Nelson, tried to contact them by radio and they ignored him as they caught up to us and cut us off. They did wave at us though as they passed. We all thought that it was very rude. Our captain was very diplomatic though and said that if Aggressor wants the spots before us that is fine, Nekton would just like some kind of response so we can plan accordingly.
After we moored onto another site the 2 captains did communicate but we don't know what was said. I was very dissappointed in the Aggressors tactics and think they should start getting used to competition from other companies.
We eventually dove Jackson's later in the week and it was a great site for 2 dives and a night dive. We saw 2 reef sharks, eagle rays and 1 very large black tip there.
The reef sharks were very friendly and would quickly do "closing in circles" to anyone kneeling on the sand. This made me a bit nervous because they seemed very aggitated. I did bubble one that got too close.
When we dropped down for a night dive the 1st thing we saw was a goliath grouper and then 1 of the reef sharks quickly heading right towards us, being less then a foot away, he got bubbled again and didn't come back. I've only swam with sharks a few times and some of those times were on the Nekton trip and this is the only time I'd seen sharks so 'friendly', I was wondering if some of the other dive boats had been feeding them.
We did also spot some sea wasps and my husband got zapped because we forgot to purge on the way up. As long as you purged there was no problem with them.
The avg water temp was 84-86.
We really wished Nekton had a boat in the S Pacific. I asked the captain and he said they are working on putting one more boat in the Carriabean and if it is successful then they will try the S Pacific.
We would not hesitate at all to book with Nekton again and will but we have to decide on the next place to go
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