We took a group of sixteen divers, five of them doing their open water certification dives and others having hundreds of dives in their logs. Everyone had a good time and, once we got past the hassle of actually getting checked in and the seemingly challenging administration issues they have, things went really well.
We only dove for two days but did five dives (including a night dive) on day one and four on day two. Haley was our divemaster and she did an excellent job of briefing for every dive, covering safety procedures and, in general, keeping the herd in line. Steven, our boat captain, was entertaining, hard-working and a real team player. It's obvious the staff at Stuart Cove's enjoys working there and they truly care about showing everyone a good and safe time. Kudos to all of them.
Most of our dives were on wrecks, several of them sunk to film movies. Boat rides were all very short, making for pleasant days. Visibility was good, but not great--we had some seas and they were stirring things up a bit. Haley made certain we saw each part of each dive as several of them had multiple things to see (wrecks, reefs, etc.).
The world-famous shark dive is truly a fun experience. We had Haley doing the feeding, a videographer and a still photographer with us and they were nearly giddy with excitement before and after the dive. That was infectious. Again, safety was paramount and they spent plenty of time making certain we understood the protocol and were comfortable when arranged on the bottom. It's hard to not be excited with 5-8' sharks swimming, literally, right next to you and we all loved the dive.
Overall, an excellent operation (short of some preliminary challenges), well-run with good equipment and a superb dive staff. Don't pass this one up.
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