My husband and I booked a trip for a long weekend to the Viva Wyndham over Memorial Day weekend, in order to do some diving. We are both certified Advanced Open Water divers with about 50 dives under our belt. We have dove in Cancun, Curacao, and Aruba, but have not had a chance to see sharks. We figured there would be a pretty good chance of seeing sharks in the Bahamas. We were especially happy to know that VIva Diving was located on the resort property and is a 5 star PADI dive shop. We only had two days to dive since we were only on the island for four days. There had been some storms the previous week which caused the visibility to be worse than normal they said. Saturday (of Memorial Day weekend) was a very calm, pristine day and those returning from their afternoon dive trip said it was awesome. So we scheduled 2 morning 2-tank dives for Sunday/Monday. Both mornings, it was raining and very cloudy, but once out on the boat, it soon passed over. The first two dives on Sunday were great. Basil, the boat captain is awesome, and we were with the dive guide Nazario. He had a camera and asked if anybody was interested in photos, since he would have his camera with him on the dives. My husband and I knew we would want to get pictures of whatever we saw (and hopefully that was going to include sharks!) so we immediately indicated that we wanted pictures. Nazario took a lot of pics and got many of us too. We saw a HUGE loggerhead turtle on our 2nd dive. That was very cool! Shortly thereafter, we saw about a 4' shark, but it didn't come very close and sort of swam off, and then came back around later on. I was really hoping to see more as far as sharks. So on Monday, our 2nd day of diving, the waves were REALLY rough. There was a bit of current on the surface, but once we dropped below the surface, it really wasn't bad as long as you used their decent line to get down. We saw lots of fish and unfortunately, a ton of lion fish. The colors were good, but visibility was much less than what we've experienced in other places. I would say visibility was around 40 feet or so. The second dive on Monday was to shark alley. This is what we were really looking forward to. When we were on the ropes to make our way to the buoy and the decent line, I had my face in the water because the surface waves were a little rough, and there were 5 sharks swimming below us at the bottom, about 45 feet down. WOW! We all waited at a sandy area at the bottom and the sharks really weren't too interested. They just swam around us in a circle, would get a little close (maybe 5 feet away or so), but it was REALLY, really cool!!! They were between 5 - 7 feet long. Nazario captured a lot of great pictures for us of these 4 dives, and he was an excellent dive guide. I highly recommend diving with this crew. Something to know though, especially if you have ANY motion sickness issues, is to be sure to take something (non drowsy Dramamine is what a friend of ours took and she didn't get nauseous at all) for sea-sickness. The surface time between the two dives was about 45 minutes, and the boat doesn't really move very far between dive #1 and dive #2, so if the sea is rough, you're just sitting on the boat bouncing around, which can really make you feel ill. Out of about 20 divers that day, I'd say almost half of them were puking at some point over the boat because of the motion sickness. I don't know if that's normal weather or not for them in the Bahamas, but if the sea has some waves before you leave shore, you probably should take sometime for sea-sickness issues at least an hour before you leave land. All in all ~ a great crew and we'd certainly dive with them again.
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