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.
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