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What a great family vacation with our adult "kids" and their spouses!

The boat, diving, sailing, water sports, chilling, eating, diving, exploring, and crew were... read more

Reviewed February 15, 2020
waltergtravels
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The captain was very knowledgeable about the waters and the weather around BWI. Every place we... read more

Reviewed January 9, 2020
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Reviewed May 1, 2017

Want to go into detail because this trip had a lot of positive and negative. First let me say that the crew was superb. They worked well together and went out of their way to be helpful. Our fellow passengers were great.
The Boat:
The boat is not a dive boat. It is a sailing vessel that is jury rigged for diving. We had 13 on board and getting off the boat was a consistent challenge with only one station to put on tanks (they claim 2 side by side). I can hardly imagine what it would be like if it had the full compliment of 20 divers. Once my wife was given an almost empty tank with which to dive. She found out at depth(her fault for not checking on deck) so we had to abort the dive.
AIR CONDITIONING was poor. the AC is central only, no individual room control. The rooms were hotboxes during the day, but better at night. The main salon (also on the central system)was consistently quite warm. Understandable when there is no door to the deck (Zip door was always open). Cannot imaging what the rooms would be like during the summer.
Diving:
Total of 17 dives available during the week. Selection of night dives was poor. One went to 70 ft with heavy current. That is bad selection. One night dive ended after 10pm due to late dinner.
Minor complaint. No food or fruit served between dives. First boat I have ever been on that didn't at least serve fruit.
3 times on a 2 dive set, the first dive was shallow and the second dive was deep. Seems the dive sites were selected based on where we were at any given moment without regard to the time of day.
I have done 10 liveaboards and I was not impressed with BVI diving.
Food:
Breakfast and lunch were excellent. Dinner was adequate, but not great.
I could not understand why they served pre-dinner appetizers on about half the days, but again, never served snacks between dives.

Organization of the schedule was terrible. Seemed like the prevailing attitude was the Island "soon come man". Breakfast was always late, usually as late as 8:30. That means diving was late starting. Dinner on 2 nights was after 8:30, and always after 7:30.
Sometimes there was a schedule posted and sometimes none. It did not matter because virtually nothing happened on time anyway.
It may seem that this review is harsh, and reading back over, it may well be. That is unfortunate, because we did enjoy the trip, and especially the crew, but there is a lot of work needed to put this in competition with other dive boats.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Management response:Responded May 3, 2017

We are so sorry to hear that this was your trip experience. We happily take on board many of the points. Cuan Law is the third vessel owned and operated by Annie and Duncan Muirhead and was custom designed as a dive/sailing vessel. We have always focused on offering a great vacation with diving rather than trying to be a full live-aboard dive boat. We are so sorry that this difference was not explained fully before you joined us as we aim to offer so much more than SCUBA on a trip with us. The BVI are a stunning collection of islands and cays and the warm water, shallow sites and visibility give us conditions that are generally great for photographers, those who may have taken some time off from diving and want to try again and less experienced divers. We have some great wrecks and it sounds as if the RMS Rhone was the night dive that you mention, which does get current, but is simply too good a site to be missed. Our websites and the information we send out on booking say that we offer 3 guided dives per day, so with 5 full days that is 15, plus the two we aim for on the first day. The rest of our schedule is set aside for sailing, hobie cats, sea kayaks, beach trips etc. The dive schedule can be weather dependent and conditions were very unusual and challenging last week. We had a strong North Swell due to activity in the Atlantic and a strong easterly swell too due to wind. This did limit us regarding dive sites - much more than is usual in these generally very protected waters.
We are a little puzzled regarding the snacks and fruit. There is always fresh fruit available as we have two well stocked fruit bowls in the salon freely available to guests at all times. We also always have snack bars and candy also in the salon and available at all times.
We are glad that you did enjoy the trip overall despite the issues that you mention and thank you for taking the time to let us know where we can make improvements.

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Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

A dear Thank You note to the wonderful crew on Cuan Law!

We have just returned from an amazing week of sailing, diving and fun on board of Cuan Law.

Cannot depart without thanking the crew, the wonderful team of Cuan Law for an amazing vacation.

Outstanding Captain Jamie kept us safe and provided great dives together with Chris, superior dive master.

Great engineer Travis, kept us cool, going and enjoying the beautiful trimaran.

Wonderful chef Sue, made us happy every day with wonderful magic food.

Emma and Alayna, our angels, provided high class assistance with activities and keeping luxury around us at all times on this great sailing trip.

All crew members: Jamie, Chris, Travis, Sue, Alayna, Emma, watched over us to make sure we had all we needed and wanted, and more!

They all delivered excellent quality service in an atmosphere of lots of fun, safe diving and loving friendship.

We did not want to leave!!

Again,
Warm thanks from the bottom of our hearts!

Lumi Vladutu and Stella Diniz, Tampa Florida

Date of experience: April 2017
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Management response:Responded April 15, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us this review. We really appreciate the feedback.

All the best, everyone at Cuan Law

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Reviewed April 1, 2017

My first live aboard experience and it wowed me. The crew, meals, boat, service, equipment, diving, and even the other guests were all outstanding. If you can, make this trip happen for yourself, you'll be amazed.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed March 30, 2017

Great crew, excellent food, very comfortable and roomy boat - it was not full, so that may have biased us - but good fun all round. Relaxed pace, and the crew really did work very hard to have us be relaxed. I would definitely recommend them and would dive with them again.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed March 29, 2017

Where do I start ... the crew was spectacular ... a very clean boat, they are all so friendly and knowledgeable , really felt in safe their hands , the food was amazing morning through night . The crew catered to everyone's needs with smiles and grace . Then let's talk about diving .... it was full course ... they had all ready and geared to dive as much as possiable and made it easy. They had amazing dive spots .. and great stories that made it exciting . Then if you didn't want to dive they had every water toy available and had no issues helping and supplying the fun ! After a week all I wanted was more time! Could not be more impressed ! This has spoiled us and plan to bring our family aborted !! Thank you for a blessed experience !
Sincerely , Brandi and Bob

Date of experience: March 2017
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Management response:Responded March 31, 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to write. We really appreciate it.
Hugs from the Crew!

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