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“Accomodating dive operation”

Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas
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Owner description: Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas is Nassau's leading full service dive centre. Originally opened in 1979, the operation has grown to a fleet of nine dive vessels, with five of the boats over 40 feet in length. Located on the Southwest side of Nassau/New Providence Island, Stuart Cove's is in the ideal location to take advantage of the most diverse diving the Bahamas has to offer. Walls, reefs, wrecks and sharks! There something for everyone from beginner divers to experts. Holiday travelers who have never been diving before will enjoy the 3-hour "Learn To Dive Program". In this program guests will be introduced to the equipment used in the sport of diving in a swimming pool, receive an introduction into the basics of diving, and then complete their first ocean dive. All of this takes place under the supervision of a professional dive instructor. 2-tank dive trips are offered both moring and afternoon with 2-tank Shark dives offered every afternoon. Night dives are available on selected evenings with a minimum of 6 guests. Dive sites encompass steep vertical walls that plummet to 6,000 feet of depth, shallow tropical reefs, 13 different locations containing ship or airplane wrecks, and numerous locations that were used as underwater movie sets for feature films. The feature activities at Stuart Cove's for our divers is our "Extreme Shark Adventure". The Shark Adventure program is a 2-tank dive trip that takes divers on an underwater encounter with Caribbean Reef Sharks. On the first dive divers participate in a "free swim" with the sharks along a beautiful wall. On the second dive, the group forms a semi-circle on the 40-foot bottom and watch while a professional shark feeder enters the water with a box of bait. Upon reaching the bottom, the feeder begins feeding the sharks with the aid of a pole spear. To say the sharks come close to the divers is an understatement - they are everywhere! However, Stuart Cove's is not exclusively about diving. It's about sharing the underwater world with as many people as possible. Have a non-diving buddy? We have snorkel dedicated trips that take guests to a variety of shallow reef sites and even visits the sharks weather permitting. Want something more exciting? How about our personal submarines? SUB Bahamas takes adventurers on a trip around a shallow reef and allows them to snorkel as well on a custom boat.
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“Accomodating dive operation”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

We (a family of four) left our Disney cruise ship to dive with Stuart's Cove, a two tank boat dive (not shark). We booked this ourselves since our children were not old enough to book via the Cruise line. A word of warning - it is about an hour's drive from Nassau (though traffic played a part in that) - Stuart's Cove pick you up in the bus but it becomes quite a rush to get back to the ship on time - and is quite a hike (we had full gear with us) to get back to the cruise ship having been dropped off from the dive bus. However - this is not any fault of Stuart Cove - but I wish I'd known! The water was quite cold, 22 degrees C (71 deg F), once again - just worth knowing. My kids who were 10 and 11 got cold very quickly - no surprise there, and sat out the second dive. It was a little difficult getting small cylinders for the kids to dive with (63s) but once the lovely Rafael (our Divemaster/instructor) got on the boat, he ensured that everything was perfect and worked hard to make sure both we and the children were happy. The boat was a 46 Newton, so huge and lovely with only our family and two other divers - and a professional photographer as well - which is a really lovely touch. (Cathy - and she took some great shots). Rafael was an excellent divemaster - and judged our group excellently - noted some heavy current and some inexperienced divers and changed the plan accordingly - and was really keen that we see stuff and was hugely accomodating of his divers - who weren't an easy group with two junior divers. He was superb and there was a really great atmosphere on the boat. Stuart's Cove could do with providing towels on the boat,at least when the water gets cold in the winter.
It's a huge operation - huge huge huge - the biggest I've ever dived with - so there is a lot of "throughput" feeling - but once you're on the boat - the divemasters are great.

Visited December 2012
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Nassau, New Providence Island
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“Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

Probably the best dive operation in The Bahamas. I have dived with them many times and they have a wide variety of dive sites available. My favorites are the wall dives - its an incredible experience to come to the edge of the reef and then stare down into the abyss. At times the boats can be slightly crowded and a few of the sites have been over-dived and are showing a bit of coral damage. On the other hand there are some that are still remarkably pristine. The dive guides and boat crew are for the most part very friendly and competent.

Visited December 2012
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“Stuart Cove's Bahamas Shark Dive Adventure”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

During December 2012, three of us enjoyed Stuart Cove's Shark Adventure which consisted of two dives in crystal clear water along the west side of New Providence Island of the Bahama Islands. The Stuart Cove staff were friendly and experienced in providing proper fitting rental gear and advice for underwater photography. The dive guides were very informative and safety oriented before and during our two dives. The wall dive was about 80' following a colorful and healthy reef teaming with fish, soft corals, lobster and curious Carribean reef sharks. The second dive had a thorough pre-dive briefing about what to expect. There were about 30 sharks circling around us while we sat motionless and quiet in a half circle on the sandy ocean bottom at a dept of about 30' while a professional shark handler fed the sharks. We will never forget the sensation of the sharks cruising by us so close blocking our view and grazing our wet suits. It was a very unique dive experience!

Visited December 2012
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Vernal, Utah
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“Outstanding operation”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

I spent a week diving with Stuart Cove's dive shop and was impressed with everything but the bus ride from my hotel. The bus ride is about an hour each way, but was well worth the time once I got there. Each of the employees were genuinely happy to have me there and were very professional. I would like to direct special attention to Ruth who was my daughter's instructor. She was very gentle and patient teaching a new diver and made everything safe and fun. Ask for her if you are a new diver and apprehensive about getting in the water.

Stuart Cove has several boats going out twice a day and there is a shark dive scheduled for every afternoon. If you've never done a shark dive before, it's a "must do".

All dive equipment is well-maintained, the grill has great burgers, there are hot showers, and the shop has great hats and t-shirts!

Visited December 2012
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“Sharks!!!! Worth the money!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

We did the 1/2 day snorkel with 3 stops...the last being sharks! It was well worth it and a really cool trip. Can't wait to get scuba certified to dive with the sharks. Stuart's Cove did not disappoint!

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