Not exaggerating on this. Everything was superb on this trip. From the boat, Captain Des, First Mate Robert, and the entire dive crew and staff, this trip was first rate. Chef's Kellie and Yari bang out scrumptious 5 star meals, with assistance of Candace. Every meal was amazing, and we had a birthday mid week as well, with amazing black forest cake. Engineers Randy and Gregory kept everything humming in ship shape, and we were fortunate to have very nice weather most all the week. (a spot of rain was welcome really). Robert kept us all entertained with many lies of the high seas, and some frightening enough true stories to boot. His outings to the islands, grottos and fishing trips mixed this up from your average live aboard dive trip.
But of course, we call came for the diving!! which was quite good and did not disappoint. We saw our share of sharks, many things many of us had not seen before (and all experienced divers) and had the luck to hit the blue hole on Friday morning, as hundreds of cute black nose sharks were gathered for month of July. (breeding?) the dive staff of Virginia, Cat, Josh, and Francesca were top notch and made a wonderful week of it for everyone. I would do this cruise again, without hesitation. Miss all you guys, both crew and divers. Hope to see you again soon. Let's dive!
The week on this boat was totally awesome. The diving was excellent and the food, service and accommodation all exceeded our expectations. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff, they were even able to accommodate my pescatarian dietary requirement easily. Cabins were comfortable, air conditioning was necessary as the temperatures were warm, and the showers were always hot. We saw plenty of sharks, plus turtles, stingrays, iguanas and the swimming pigs.
My first time on the boat and it was excellent!
Crew was amazing and thanks to all of them:
Captains Des and Jason, Engineer Charles,
Divemasters Virginia, Troy and Francesca.
Galley Yary and Lindsey and the House Mouse Karina
Food was very good and the boat is comfortable. Four decks to chose from depending how much sun and breeze you like. Air conditioning makes the stay comfortable.
My favorite part of this boat is the dive deck. I really feel it is well thought out. Head and showers on the dive deck, 5 dive entry points, 2 exits, the safety boats, fill setup, defog on the walls, suit racks, camera table, recharge station, runs tanks, sea dog surface support boat, etc. Best dive logistics I've seen in my 34 yrs as a diver. Dive briefings were very effective.
Dive team did an excellent job of engaging at whatever level you needed. For experienced divers they were more hands off which was great. Junior divers followed the dive masters and got more help with entries and exits. I always felt safe with this crew.
Meals, captains dinner, media party and all was fun. Fishing and shore excursions were a good time. We only missed one dive due to weather, so we docked in a marina and had a blast.
The daily routine is predictable and efficient. If you don't want to do every dive or activity, no problem and just relax.
I look forward to my next time!
Great crew aboard, awesome food, very comfortable and accommodating, fantastic dive masters, incredible dive locations, better than any major cruise line.
I did my first trip on the AquaCat with a group of friends and Conch Republic Divers in March 2017. I have done multiple liveaboards around the world and AquaCat ranks right up there with the best of them. The boat is spacious and well laid out. The cabins are spacious (some of the biggest I have seen on a liveaborad) and comfortable. The dive deck is comfortable and efficient. Having said all of that, Captain Ron and his crew put the experience over the top. The are professional, courteous and will do their utmost to accommodate all requests in order to make your trip an unforgettable experience.
Enjoyed a wonderful week of diving on board the Aqua Cat. The entire crew did an amazing job taking care of everyone. Good diving good food and good people!
First off, I've been diving for over 40 years, and have well over 1000 dives.
OK, I'm also a diver that doesn't travel in packs, sorry groups or clubs. I discovered Live Aboard diving in 1991, and this was my 19th Live Aboard trip.
Fifth time on the AquaCat, which says a lot in itself.
First off, Nassau is easy to get to.
Relatively speaking, live aboard diving is pre-person inexpensive when you add it all up.
Typically, 2-tank land-based boat dives will run around US$150. I did 22 dives, out of a possible 25 (4 of which were night dives). You don't have to do all the dives, and even in 80º water, I get cold.
The three meals a day offer a wide choice of selections to accommodate any eater, plus mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Land-based again would cost around US$50 for three meals a day in the same caliber.
Accommodations. As a hotel goes, the rooms are small. As a live-aboard vessels go, the rooms are at least 50% larger than other boats. You'd be lucky to find rooms less than US$150 a day in the Bahamas, more if you're a single.
Add it all up and it's a pretty good deal. Add to the fact that you're not tying up to the same dock every night and get to see and dive a lot more different terrain, and it's hard to beat. A lot depends on your priorities. I want to dive, I'm not a beach/sun deck person and I get bored easily. I also like to walk, but that's a little hard to accommodate of a boat. Land based operations may offer cheaper packages but don't offer the diving quantity or quality, and if you go off-season you may end up diving at the same spot multiple times during the week.
The captain and crew are pretty approachable and accommodating and go the extra mile to make it a memorable week out. Would I go again, most definitely, if I can find the time - retired people are busy, but we make room for what's important.