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 What are the meals like?

We serve three meals a day, as well as snacks and fresh fruits. Fresh fish or lobster is also served, in season, when caught. Most meals served will be a combination of Bahamian and American cuisine. A selection of beverages is always on hand, from soft drinks and lemonade to beer, wine and rum drinks.

 Can I fish?
Yes, as long a you aren't in the Exumas Land & Sea Park.We furnish all of the fishing gear.

 How much spending money do I need?
Spending money for an evening ashore (drinks, souvenirs) and crew gratuity (15% is customary in the liveaboard industry). The currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar, which is par with the US dollar. They are used inter-changeably. If you have US dollars, there is no need to change currency.

 What is the recommended gratuity?
The live-aboard business is a service industry, and although the general public is seldom aware of it, gratuities are a major part of a crewmember s salary. Few other recreational activities rely so heavily upon the professionals in charge for your enjoyment and safety. Besides being at the mercy of Mother Nature, the quality of your experience is based on the people who provide it. The crewmembers are generally multi-talented and do several jobs on board. They oversee the diving, cook meals, wash dishes, clean heads and cabins, perform engineering duties, and navigate the seas. We strongly believe that gratuities should be voluntary and based upon the quality of the service the crew provides. A gratuity of 15% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the Captain of your feelings and leave no more gratuity than you feel is right. The gratuity can be given to the Captain at the end of the week.

 Can I snorkel?
Yes, anytime the boat is anchored. You need to bring mask, fins, snorkel and snorkel vest (not required but highly recommended). Snorkeling is not supervised.

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 What dive gear do I need to bring?
Certified scuba divers need snorkel, fins, mask, regulator, buoyancy compensator, u/w watch or computer, depth gauge and for night dives a dive light and cyalume stick are required. We provide tanks, weights and weight belts. There is storage on deck for all gear and we have a hose to rinse cameras and regulators. Between fall and spring, a wetsuit is recommended. Check out our equipment checklist!

 Can I rent dive gear?
If you don't have your own equipment we have "top of the line" ADV/BCs, wetsuits, dive lights and regulators with octopus and gauges available for rent. All must be rented by prior arrangement. We also have cyalumes available for sale ($2 each).

Rental Rates1 week
BC $50.00
Regulator $50.00
Computer $50.00
Light $30.00
Full Wetsuit $35.00
Wetsuit Top $30.00
Wet Suit-Farmer John $30.00

Rental rates on shorter or longer trips will be prorated appropriately. Please inquire for more details.

 Do I need a wetsuit?
Between fall and spring, a wetsuit is recommended. The chart below will give you a general idea of the water temperatures and what weight wetsuit you will need. When deciding what to bring, consider that you will be diving a lot each day and it takes your body a while to warm up after a dive. Air temperature, the wind and whether it is sunny all affect how fast your body warms back up after a dive. What each person needs is an individual choice. Some wear a full suit in the summer and some dive with a shorty in the winter.

Average Temperatures Water
January-February 72-75f/22-24c 72-80f/22-27c Full Wetsuit-6mm or thicker
March 73-77f/23-25c 72-85f/22-29c Full Wetsuit-6mm or thicker
April 75-79f/24-26c 76-90f24-32c Shorty or Full Wetsuit
May 77-80f/25-27c 80-90f/27-32c Skin or Shorty
June 79-81f/26-27c 80-90f/27-32c None required
July-Sept 83-87f / 28-30c 80-90f/27-32c None required
October 79-82f/26-28c 76-90f/24-32c Skin or Shorty
November 77-80f/25-27c 72-85f/22-29c Shorty or Full Wetsuit
December 75-78f/24-26c 72-85f/22-29c Full Wetsuit-6mm or thicker

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 How many dives per day?
Depending on arrival time, you will normally dive twice on Saturday and 4 dives per day Sunday through Thursday, including night dives, as long as weather is not a factor.

Will I see sharks?

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We do see sharks on many of our dive sites and snorkel sites. Typically, we see Caribbean Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks. Some sites are frequented by greater numbers of sharks while others are less populated by sharks.

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 Do you do wreck dives?
We have only one wreck dive in the Exumas and three wrecks near Nassau. Diving the wrecks near Nassau will depend on our itenary and weather conditions.

Do you have a DVD player?
Yes, we have a DVD player. We have some movies, but feel free to bring yours. We also have a stereo system and CD player.

 Is electricity available?
We have regular 110 volt household current.

What if I need to be contacted in an emergency?
If someone needs to get in contact with you due to a true emergency, they should contact our US reservations office and we will relay the message.

1 800 327-9600 or 1 954 734-7111

This should only be done if it is a real emergency.

The boat is then contacted via cell phone if they are in range of the cell tower or they are radioed via a Bahamian dock and then they must return to cell range to make a phone call. The calling areas of the remote out islands of the Bahamas are extremely limited.

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Do we spend a night in port?
We do return to Nassau Thursday afternoon so that our guests may enjoy an evening ashore. Nassau has much to offer, with dining, entertainment, casinos and shopping all within a short distance.
The Atlantis is a must see. Casinos, water parks and a fantastic aqurium. Don't miss it.
The Straw market is another stop if you are looking for Bahamas trinkets. There is always the Pirate musium, a bit cheesy, but vary interesting. For a taste of real history you must see the Spanish fort. Have a look around, there is tons of interesting stuff to do and see in Nassau.


Thur. ~ Mon.
11 am - 6pm
 Tues. ~ Wed.

Diving trips! - See the trips page for info

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