We were on the Allure of the Seas & where in port for 9 hours so we booked the two tank shark dive directly with Stuart Cove's. They picked us up at the cruise pier in a very nice air conditioned bus. The bus was completely full with divers from our ship so we didn't stop at any hotels going over. We enjoyed the beautiful drive. The bus driver was nice and answered all our questions about the island. The facilities at SC are very nice. All of the employees were extremely helpful. I read some reviews before going & was expecting the checkin to not be pleasant, but it went quickly. The girls were all very nice. When I checked out the long wetsuit and weights, the young man carried everything to the boat. A dive master set up all of our equipment which we brought with us. We ended up with 36 divers on the boat and 6 dive masters. The day before there were only 4. We were the only two from the cruise to do the shark dive. The rest just did a two tank dive & were on another boat. The 1st dive we divided up in two groups. The sharks were all around, but had no interest in us. The DM took us to the ring to show us where we would be on the 2nd dive. The DM showed us how to find shark teeth. There were several enormous groupers, some smaller fish & sharks swimming around us. After some time up top & before going down for our 2nd dive one of the DM's explained in great detail what to do and what to expect. We then entered the water & followed the DM's to the ring. They set us up where we each had a large rock to hold onto with hands, knees or legs. My husband & I were side by side. There was space between us & the next couple. There was a feeder, a videographer, photographer & 3 DM's located above us just in case someone "chickened out". One couple did so the DM took them back to the boat then rejoined us. The feeder did not join us until everyone was settled. The sharks followed him like the "Pied Piper". We never had a moment of fear. The sharks were incredible & they said there were around 50-60, but it wasn't something we were aware of. I noticed immediately which were male and which were female. One shark had a hook inside with a 15' orange line connected to it. One shark had a hook on his back that was rusty and encrusted. They had sucker/cleaning fish on them. One male had half of his mouth missing. One had a huge white patch that looked like a scar. There were all sizes of fish there waiting for scraps of fish. The feeder would put a long metal stick into the box & pull out a chunk of fish & give it to the closest shark. A very large nurse shark laid on the bottom & he kept his fin on her to keep her at bay. She never was agressive & he never gave her any fish. I felt bad for her since she waited patiently. We did get cold since we were down for 40 minutes & not moving. When it was time to leave the feeder swam up & away and the sharks followed him. We then went to the boat to do our safety stop. It was interesting watching the sharks all swim below us to the wall & then they all disappeared.
We were certified to dive in Jan, 2012 at the age of 60 & dove 42 time in 2012. This dive was absolutely the best dive so far. My husband filmed the whole 2nd dive & it has been thrilling to watch over & over & to share with friends & family. You can buy a video & pictures if you don't have a camera. Everyone who watches it can't believe I did it and wasn't scared. To me the sharks were so amazing to watch as they glided over & around us. One shark did hit my arm with his tail & I thought it was awesome. It was so powerful it knocked me into my husband & fortunately he got it on film. I was prepared for more hits than that since they swam within inches. They weren't interested in us nor the huge groupers or other fish, they just wanted the chunk of fish from the feeder. They were like trained circus animals of the sea. It was worth every penny.
Our bus ride back to the ship was over an hour since we had to drop divers off at each of their hotels. We enjoyed seeing the different hotels. Again we had a very nice driver who was glad to inform us about the beautiful island. We had been to Nassau once before on a cruise & once for a week, which we didn't like. This time we were able to see the pretty parts of the island. We have been to every Caribbean island & we think this island was the cleanest & wealthist. The roads are all four lanes & in excellent condition with round abouts everywhere. We only saw beautiful homes, condos, hotels, shopping centers, etc. I don't know where the citizens live. Don't miss out on seeing the island and diving with Stuart Cove's. The others from our cruise ship didn't like their two tank dive for there wasn't much to see. They felt it wasn't worth the drive nor the money. They should have done the shark dive--chickens!!!
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