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Dive Review of Aqua Cat Cruises/None in
Bahamas/Exuma Cays

Aqua Cat Cruises/None: "Still our favorite liveaboard", Nov, 2022,

by James Flenner, NV, US ( 1 report). Report 12229.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The good: courteous, smiling staff always willing to help with anything. Boat and accommodations were surgical clean. Endless hot water showers, a GIGANTIC dive deck. Staff adjusted the dive sites to meet our desired types of diving and characteristics of the site(s). Our stateroom had a real toilet (not a cantankerous marine head) and a separate shower! Emphasis on diving safety, used tags for in the water/on the boat. Easy access to non-diving activities, such as beach excursions, freediving, deep water fishing. The boat is big and stable.

The marginal: Nitrox varied from a low of 29% to (occasionally) 32%, I just set my computer to 30% and left it there.

The bad: Demand is high for the AquaCat, we returned home and immediately re-booked. The only openings were in 2 years! It's a reflection of how good the boat is.

COVID: one diver felt ill in the middle of our week, the staff had test kits and procedures they implemented immediately. When the diver tested positive: the vessel was wiped down everywhere with bleach, the dive deck was bleached and pressure washed (this at 0400 in the morning!). The diver was confined to their stateroom, with room service by the staff for food and entertainment. The captain was open and honest, had an all-hands meeting and kept us in the loop. It's bound to happen, and I felt it was very well handled in a forthright manner, not swept under the rug.

Batteries and fire: all significant battery charging has been moved to a designated charging shelf outside on the dive deck, that shelf has a fire suppression system in place. Every stateroom has the ability to escape at opposite ends of the vessel, and this was very well covered in the first-night safety brief before departure.
Websites Aqua Cat Cruises   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Haven't been diving in Antartica, have dove most other locations - Red Sea, Pacific, Atlantic, Carribean, Med, Artic
Closest Airport NAS Getting There Connection through MIA or DFW, no issues. Lots of daily flights on AA

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-120 Ft/ 18-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco, surface w/ 500 psi, a posted time the boat would leave (usually 2 hours)
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 N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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