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“Great dive operator Great Place to Dive”

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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“Great dive operator Great Place to Dive”
Reviewed December 11, 2008

Excellent Staff, Excellent Service, Great dive site options. Shark Adventure an absolute MUST
Something for (almost) everyone, diving, snorkelling, subs.
Reasonable rates. Hotel pick up no extra charge.
Did I mention EXCELLENT staff?

Andy K

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“Bring your own Gear!”
Reviewed November 2, 2008

This was a highly advertised dive shop with a mistakened excellent reputation. Equipment poorly maintenanced. Wet suit still wet, regulator tasted salty (Not cleaned?)
The shop didn't have analyzer to check nitrox(It justed broke), "you'll have to trust me." [---]
Crew were experienced and friendly. Mouthpiece torn and was ripped out of my mouth upon initial decent. and was told to use the buddy reg.(Sorry buddy if your in trouble). Sand in my o ring upon intial inspection, was told it is ok., started with 3200 PSI visual check and after 11 min on my computer showed 450psi. Shame on me. Also,small air leak noted in the BC connector. Went back to boat and was told no working spare regulator's, but I used my husband's on the second dive as he sat out.

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Vancouver, Canada
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“Well-run, some good dives”
Reviewed October 8, 2008

We booked 2 days: 4 dives on a Sunday for $140 each, 2 am dives on a Tues for $89 each and the pm Tues shark dive, $140 each. These prices are if you book before arriving. Having read some previous reviews, we were concerned, but we only had good experiences.

Hotel pickup was well organized. Most people used rental gear but there was room on the bus for our stuff. The seats were covered in plastic, a very good idea.

Check in at the shop was fast and painless. If you pre-book, the paperwork is e-mailed so we had done it in advance; otherwise you can do it on the bus. I signed for 2 Nitrox tanks -- no problem; they were analyzed in front of me and delivered to my gear in the boat.

There are several dive boats. Ours had about 12 or 14 paying divers with capacity for more, ie not full or crowded. (If it had been full to capacity it would not have been pleasant.) If you have not dived with Stuart Cove before, they get you to do a weight check before descending. Each 2-tank dive consisted of a deep, led dive, and a shallower, self-led dive, but there was always the option of following the divemaster. A couple of the wrecks weren't too interesting (too new for much growth) but overall not bad sites.

The staff were knowledgeable and friendly and we never felt they were impatient with anyone, but there didn't seem to be any new divers on any of our trips. They seemed to do several jobs -- Terri, our shark feeder, was also the one to analyze the Nitrox for our dives. On our second day, a staff photographer was present -- no pressure to buy photos, though.

They asked if we had a preference about dive sites and the second day asked if anyone had reservations about diving with sharks before choosing a site.

Basic lunches are available but we took our own food. They have ice for your cooler, and let us keep some stuff in their fridge.

The shark dive itself was interesting. For the 1st dive, we did a lovely wall just by the "shark arena". Of course the temptation is to pay attention to all the sharks hanging around but there was a lot to see on the wall itself. Then the divemaster made sure everyone could kneel in the sand properly. The recommendation was to add 2 to 3lb of weight to get negatively buoyant to not be knocked over during the feed.

Terri, the shark feeder, gave us full instructions to keep our hands etc. safe. She descended with the bait after we were all in place, dragging the feeding box around the circle so the photographer and videographer could get film of everyone with sharks swarming. It was a bit unnerving to have the sharks swim right up to your face and then veer away at the last minute. They were incredibly graceful, but it was sad to see some with fish hooks and line in their mouths and fins, and one with a mouth previously mangled by a fisherman's knife. We felt sorry for them. There were only 8 pieces of bait for the 40 or so sharks but it's obviously enough to keep them coming back for an easy meal.

At the end we talked to Terri about the mutilated shark and the fishing line. We liked that the staff are protective (she called them "our sharks"), and some of the more experienced handlers can actually calm the sharks and cut the line off them.

For $99 we got the DVD and 8 photos ($5 for each extra photo), well worth it.

We had been concerned that the boat would be crowded with cruise ship divers -- we did have cruise ship passengers on the shark dive but nothing felt crowded or rushed. There were a couple of buses so there was time to wait for the DVD.

I can't stress how good the staff were. We left a nice tip for each dive team (added to the credit card). Interestingly, the dive shop doesn't take AmEx but the photoshop does.

If we visit again we'd have no hesitation to dive with Stuart Cove's. The only reason I didn't rate them "Excellent" was the couple of so-so dive sites but the operation itself was superb.

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“Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas”
Reviewed September 25, 2008

Every one makes you feel welcome, from the time you get off of their bus, until the time you leave the dive shop....
Excellent diving.....They try to keep the beginners and the advanced divers on separate boats, for the enjoyment of all....and try to go to a different site daily.....
Absolutely a wonderful experience...!!!

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High Point, NC
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“SC - Definition of a Cattle Boat”
Reviewed August 12, 2008

Our AM 2 tank dive started off poorly an hour late and with 37 divers. There was not enough tank space so they thru a tank stand in the miiddle of the boat to make up the overflow.

There business is definitely catering to cruise ship folks. I am AOW, so I was patient and allowed most off Time ran out and I was forced to come up with 1500psi on a wall. Staff ran out of tanks and we had to return to the shop to allow our tanks to be refilled, as they we completely out of tanks.

Poor dive guides were apologetic but did not make up for the poor quality. When my tank was returned to me, it had 2200psi. I was told it would be OK since we going to a 20ft dive site. Can you say snorkle site.

Both sites were devoid of animal life. It appeared as though it is dived daily as it very close to the shop.

Going to try Bahama Divers. Will advise about this trip.

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