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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises in
Bahamas/Eleuthera, Exumas

Aqua Cat Cruises: "Easy diving from the AquaCat", Jul, 2022,

by Mary K Wicksten, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 11960.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The AquaCat is very well organized. Dinners are buffet style served at tables within a lounge.Lots of choices, on-ship cook. Take your pick of beer, soft drinks, etc. Most cabins are comfy with a view window but I got the singles cabin--cramped, upper bunk very hard to reach and difficult to leave, no handhold, recessed ladder, little headroom over lower bunk.

Divemaster gave sketches of each site and recommended places to see interesting creatures. Most dives easy sailing over coral patches with holes, cracks, etc. Lots of healthy coral heads but NO staghorn coral except in "coral farm" of regrown fragments. Sharks scarce except at staged feeding. Green turtles showed up on just about every day dive.Big schools of snappers,silversides,grunts and crevalle. Divers were advised to purge away stinging jellies near surface at night.

Many divers wore only rashguards or just bathing suits. I sunburn easily and seem to be attractive to "stingers", so I wore a 1 mm suit and was comfy.

At last word, one did not need a negative COVID test to enter the Bahamas but they wanted evidence of 2 shots. Restaurants asked for masks except when eating.

If you like local art, visit the Straw Market. Be sure to check what you see--lots of fakes out there. I got really lovely carvings of a tiger grouper and a leaping dolphin.
Websites Aqua Cat Cruises   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Galapagos, western Mexico, California, Hawaii, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Australia, New Guinea, Florida springs
Closest Airport Nassau Getting There Flew non-stop to and from Houston (IAH).

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-82°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Lots of opportunities to photograph schools,reef fish, nudibranchs and other tiny creatures. One can get interesting effects shooting through cracks or up through fissures. Many dives are fairly shallow so few glimpses of pelagic fishes (only one eagle ray).
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