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Sharks & Reefs

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Bahamas

UD Rating – 4 Star

Aqua Cat

Ideal for a liveaboard taster with authentic shark diving.

Perfect for newbies or seasoned pros looking for a chilled week of diving amongst some beautiful reefs and island views. You can learn to dive on-board as well. You can enjoy fantastic food, plenty of non diving excursions.

The Aqua Cat was constructed in 2001 and was built specifically for divers due to its ample space and great diving facilities. She offers 7 night itineraries and departs from Hurricane Hole Marina on Paradise Island each week for a fun and relaxing journey around the Bahamas. She is accompanied by the one and only “Sea Dog” which is their 28’ launcher that can take guests to isolated beaches to sunbathe, explores uninhabited islands, kayak and snorkel. The Aqua Cat catamaran accommodates 22 guests in its 11 ocean view cabins which are made up of one standard cabin, two deluxe queen cabins, four deluxe twin cabins and four deluxe king cabins. Each cabin has its own bathroom, mini bar refrigerator, individually controlled air conditioning unit and carpeted floors with the only difference being the bed type.

The Aqua Cat has 10 friendly crew members onboard to help and advice you on any queries you have throughout your stay. All meals, beverages and snacks are included aboard the Aqua Cat with three main meals served each day prepared by a professional gourmet chef. Snacks and fresh fruits are always available and most meals will be a combination of Bahamian and American cuisine. A selection of complimentary beverages is always on hand from soft drinks, juices and lemonade to beer, wine and rum drinks. Dinner is ashore on Friday evening so guests have to make their own arrangements and the Aqua Cat crew will be happy to assist with reservations.

The Aqua Cat has a sun deck with loungers and a bar area with an ice maker. The outside shaded deck has three tables, TV and a BBQ grill where you can put your feet up and relax. The spacious lounge contains 2 large tables with seating up to 24 guests in cane style cushioned chairs, a bar, TV’S, video editing area, photo light table and the ship’s boutique. The dive deck is fully equipped with enclosed showers, dive ladders, rinse hoses with hot and cold water, two fresh water rinse tanks, photo station with large working area, shelves for camera storage and battery outlets for charging.

Dive routes include : Exumas Land and Sea Park

Bunk Style Cabin

An air conditioned bunk bed cabin suitable for 2 people sharing. Featuring a private bathroom, shower and hair dryer.

  • Bunk bed
  • Air Conditioning
  • Private Bathroom
  • Shower
  • Hair dryer

Twin Cabin with A/C

2 air conditioned single beds cabins.
2 cabins have drop-down berths to enable a quad room where another 2 cabins have 1 drop down berth to enable a triple room.
Each of these cabin types have private bathrooms with a shower, hair dryer and berths to increase cabin passenger capacity.

  • Single Beds
  • Quad and Triple Option
  • Private Bathroom
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer

Double Cabin with A/C

Air-conditioned Queen bed with an extra single bed. Featuring a private bathroom with shower and a hair dryer.

  • Queen Sized Bed
  • Single
  • Private Bathroom
  • Shower
  • Hair Dryer

Double & Twin Cabins

An air conditioned double cabin with a king bed which can be made in to 2 singles. Featuring a private bathroom, shower and a hair dryer.

  • Private Bathroom
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • King Sized Bed or 2 Singles

Air Temperature

Water Temperature

Route Options

10 nights / Approx. 29 dives

Sailing Catamaran Eco Adventure in Bahamas

You’ll be accompanied by a marine biologist
Project on the local reef. "Find out how to outplant pieces of coral to nurseries and how to use the diadema sea urchins to keep clean the reef from algae" Aboard Cat Ppalu you will dive the most plentiful and color rich walls, reefs, and diverse ocean life in the Bahamas/Exumas.
There will be various species of sharks present and you might very likely encounter a Great Hammerhead, Reef, Tiger, Bull or Black Tip Shark.
Look into the abyss of a blue hole, hundreds of feet deep and discover the mysterious underwater secrets in the warm and pristine waters of the Exumas.
Certified divers can enjoy 3-4 dives per day.
Dive the reefs, wrecks, walls, drifts, blue holes and even a thrilling shark dive! These reefs can on be reached by scuba diving liveaboards.
The coral reefs and underwater visibility is phenomenal, with swim thru's, tongue and groove coral reefs, and prolific sea life. You'll see large fish and large schools of fish! Pelagic sightings are a daily occurrence.
Charters can be tailored to meet the needs of scuba diving groups.

DAY 1
Boarding begins at noon
Check in, safety briefing, lunch and dinner
Set sail at approximately 3 pm.
Sail to the Exuma from Nassau

DAY 2 - 9
Dive, eat, sleep and enjoy (itinerary subject to weather and season)
Divers will have the opportunity to do approx 26 dives on this trip
We shove off for the Exumas and/or Eleuthera very early
Once we leave port, you’ll escape the hustle and bustle of the city to the pristine Exumas
Enjoy incredible sunsets and breathtaking scenery
Many of our sites are frequented by Caribbean Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks.
We sometimes see hammerheads too
We normally offer at least one shark feed on each trip
This is the perfect time to see sharks up close and in action
The Exuma Cays offers nice opportunities to go ashore and explore and enjoy the uninhabited beaches (weather dependent)
For these occasions, we highly recommend proper footwear for these eco adventures.
Flip flops are not suitable
In addition to the incredible scuba diving and snorkeling, you will have a great time exploring the 365 mostly uninhabited islands of the Exumas with their many beautiful beaches.
You can beach comb, kayak, explore the islands
Take advantage of all the great photo opportunities like feeding the iguanas on Allan’s Cay or the Swimming Pigs at Pig Island (weather dependent)

This is truly the best of the Bahamas- diving the Exuma Cays
Nassau
Lost Blue Hole -The rim of this large blue hole lies in 40' of water surrounded by coral heads, sting rays and many schools of fish. Periwinkle Reef -This is a shallow patch reef that is teaming with fish.

Exumas
Amberjack Reef - A 50' patch reef that was the site of our Exumas shark feeding dive.
Austin Smith Wreck - A 90' Bahamian Defense Force Cutter that sank in 1995 while being towed to San Salvador to be sunk there as a dive site. This wreck has many sharks swimming around it and a wall just to the east.
Barracuda Shoals - This bankside patch reef has huge schools of fish as well as many small critters on the reef and surrounding sand.
Cracked Coral Head - This massive coral head rises 40' off the bottom. Several large swim-thru's make it looked like it is cracked.
Dog Rocks - This reef starts at 35' and slopes off to 50' before dropping straight down into the Exuma Sound. This is one of the best dives in the Bahamas.
Many pelagics frequent this reef, especially eagle rays and sharks.
Jeep Reef - This is one of the prettiest reefs you will ever see. The strong current that sweeps through this cut keeps the reef 's corals very healthy.
Pillar Wall - One of many excellent wall dives.There are many caves and crevices. There is a large colony of yellowhead jawfish in the rubble inside the reef.

The Washing Machine - The strong incoming tide of up to 6 mph takes scuba divers thru a narrow cut where water drops off a ledge and then makes a sharp bend to the left. This causes the water to swirl like the water in a washing machine.
Wax Cut Drift - Divers and Snorkelers alike fly over this 30' reef at over 2 knots. You will see rays, sharks, eels and numerous fish as you drift with the current in the cut between the islands.

Whale Shark Wall - This wall is named for the whale sharks that have frequented this area for several winters. Like all of our walls, when you stare into the abyss, you never know what you might see.
Whale Tail Wall - A great wall just south of Wax Cut. Large parrotfish roam the sand inside the reef while sharks & eagle rays are frequently seen off the wall.

Southwest Eleuthera
Cave Rock - The large variety of corals and fish will amaze you. We have frequently seen Hammerhead Sharks here.
Jake's Hole -The highlight of this dive is the vibrant corals surrounding the hole. Because it is very tidal, scuba divers aren't permitted to enter the hole.
Monolith - Large mounds of coral rise out of the sand at the edge of the wall. They start at 100' and rise to 55'. There is a colony of Garden Eels in the sand next to the mounds.

DAY 10
Snorkel or Dive 2-3 day dives depending upon our location in the Exumas
Eco-adventures depending on your groups’ desires
Return to Nassau approximately 4-5 pm
Dinner at the dock is served
Passengers may enjoy the evening ashore to sightsee in Nassau

DAY 11
Continental breakfast is served
All passengers disembark by 9 am

Vessel Details

Length x Width 31m x 10.5m
Top & Cruising Speed 14-knots
Max. Passengers 22 to 30 passengers
Year Built - Renovated 2001 - 2015
Engines 2 Caterpillar 3406E
Leisure Deck On boat
Housekeeping Daily housekeeping
Separate rinse for u/w camera Available on board.
Onboard kayaks Available
Camera room with table and charging point Available
Nitrox tank $150 per week
Wetsuit $35
Regulator $50
BCD $50
Dive Computer: $50
Snorkel equipment $35
Please note: The equipment rental prices listed above are per person per 7 night charter and will paid directly by you onboard

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Lost Blue Hole

New Providence, Bahamas

The rim of this large blue hole lies in 40' of water surrounded by coral heads, sting rays and many schools of fish. There is a lobster filled crevice at 80'. In the sand surrounding the hole, divers will find many small fish such as banded jawfish, Seminole gobies and tobacco fish. There are usually 1 or 2 nurse sharks here and during the spring a large school of black nose sharks inhabits the bottom of the 200' hole. This site is normally visited on the way to or from the Exumas. This is the location of our first lionfish sighting.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Periwinkle Reef

New Providence, Bahamas

This is a shallow patch reef that is teaming with fish. The local Nassau operators feed fish here, so sergeant majors and angelfish will approach scuba divers looking for a handout.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Pillar Wall

Bahamas Diving , Bahamas

Pillar Wall is one of many excellent wall dives. It starts at 30' and slopes to 50' before dropping 5,000' to the bottom. There are many caves and crevices. There is a large colony of yellow head jawfish in the rubble inside the reef.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:
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29 Sep 2018
6 Oct 2018
7 Nights Best of Bahamas / 7 or 10 nights Double & Twin Cabins £2,695
29 Sep 2018
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29 Dec 2018
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