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Dive Review of Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas in

Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas: "Stuart's Cove Cruise Ship Machine", Jun, 2019,

by Jason Propsner, GA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 11132 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Stuart's Cove is a large outfit with several dive boats. I dove with them 5 days and repeat divers was very uncommon. I was on the island for a company paid trip and wanted to dive as much as possible. Many of the divers coming to Stuart's Cove came from cruise ships or one day diving only during their trip. This is a good plan since many dive sites were repeats.
Stuart's Cove has a shuttle service that will pick you up and drop you off at your resort or hotel. It was a well run service, but limited gear storage. Usually you have to keep your dive bag in your lap on the shuttle ride to the shop.
Once you arrive at the shop, there are several people to help get you registered and pointed to the boat. They have gear storage that is secured overnight and nitrox was available.
Once you get onboard and your tank is loaded on by the DM or captain, you setup at the dock. I usually got a totally new crew every day. They do a safety briefing and dive site briefing. Some were very good, some were over done and long and yet others were too short and limited. Everyday it was different.
Diving was comfortable and easy entry and exit from the boat. The sites are usually wrecks or reef around 30 to 60 feet. There was always a dive master in the water with the group. The reef fish and coral are pretty good for Caribbean diving. Most dives have reef sharks following. Stuart's Cove does a shark dive close to several dive sites, so the shark behavior is altered in that area.
The dock has a fresh water rinse and hose for clean up. The lunch counter serves awesome burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and hot dogs.
There are lots of snorkelers and other excursions that Stuart's cove offers, so expect large groups of people at the dock and the lunch line gets long. They do a good job of keeping the snorkelers and divers on separate sites.
Overall my expectations were set low. The actual experience was about what I expected or slightly better. I wouldn't necessarily recommend doing multiple days of diving there, but catching a few dives while on your cruise ship or local resort, I would recommend Stuart's Cove.
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Websites Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Galapagos, Caribbean, Florida, Truk, Palau.
Closest Airport NAS Getting There Delta direct from Atlanta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 30-40 Ft/ 9-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 45-60 minutes depending on site
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Limited rinse tanks on boats and but large tank on dock. Not many divers have cameras from the cruise ships.
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