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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.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Very slick operation. The shark adventure was outstanding!!! The shark feeder actually got bashed by a shark during the feeding which resulted in his helmet being knocked askew, his masked dislodged, and his regulator whacked out of his mouth.

Here's some numbers,make your own conclusions. 4-5 boat trips AM and PM with about 16 divers of all levels. Conservatively that works out to be about (2 (AM/PM trips)x4boatsx14divers/sub/snuba/snorkelers)x7days) 896 divers a week in the water. Again conservatively that's about (896x50 weeks) 44,800 divers per year.. Hmmmm...

On one of our dive days (we dove for 5 days with SC) our DM surfaced 3 times on the first dive to find out where we were and 2 times on the second dive. Things that make you go hmmmmm...

Burgers were great, staff was great, but me thinks SC needs to re-evaluate its operation. We had our own transportation so I am unable to comment on the bus, but the staff on the final PM dive of our days were very anxious to finish and get home.

Some suggestions: Try to group divers together with similar skill levels. Reduce the number of divers per trip. Teach appropriate reef etiquette. Teach your DMs how to use a compass. Try a paperless system...shuffling thru 50 or so paper accounts is time consuming and frustrating.

In closing we really enjoyed the shark adventure...this is the dive to do. Some issues with the other dives but it is what it is. I'm hoping this review is seen as constructive as we enjoyed the staff, the facility and the burgers!!!

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I found the snorkeling in the reef area to be less than amazing. The reef appeared to be dead, and lacked any colorful and vibrant marine life. Fast forward to the last stop of the excursion...snorkeling with the reef sharks. That was simply AMAZING! Would def recommend that portion of the snorkeling trip. I also felt for the money spent they could have provided cold beverages and a light snack, like some of the other snorkeling companies offer.

Thank CandyCaneOH
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We did six dives with them and two with their major competitor. With Stuart Cove's, we had boats with eight, seventeen, and twelve guests. The seventeen-diver boat was okay because you could just giant-stride anywhere off the side of the boat to get in and they had two ladders to get out. They have a bunch of boats that go out each morning and afternoon -- they seem to split the boats somewhat based on experience or number of dives already done with the shop. The sites were all good and we got to the wall three times. We saw a sunken...something...on (I think) every dive. We could penetrate a few of the wrecks, which was interesting, but we were there to see fish, not wrecks. We saw lots of reef sharks (even without going on the shark feeding dive), dolphins (from the boat), a turtle, really big stingrays, eels, a remora, and good fish life. Only the Twin Sisters site didn't really have much in the way of fish. The Thunderball plane scaffold had good soft coral. The hotel pick-up and drop-off was efficient and gave us lots of good tours of the island. The east side of Paradise Island gets the longest bus ride. There is a grill on-site that sells hamburgers, chicken, and fish sandwiches at lunch. The rental wetsuits are 5 mm full wetsuits.

Thank KSL84
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

I did the Two-Tank Shark Dive, and was absolutely blown away. The staff is courteous and helpful, I have an open water certification but have not dived in a while, so I booked a guide, Philip who rocked. He was a lot of fun, and pointed out lots of cool stuff besides the sharks, like a giant turtle, an eel, and a lion fish. They also give you good equipment and the staff takes care of it, which is nice, because that stuff can be annoying to deal with. If you are in the Bahamas, use these guys, and ask for Philip as your guide.

Thank Jason E
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Reviewed 12 May 2014 via mobile

To start off, let me just explain how i've heard about Stuart Cove's. It's when i saw the movie Into the Blue with Jessica Alba and the defunct Paul Walker. I knew i want to dive with this diveshop when i would be in Nassau. Then i did it, for 2 days, 1X4 dives day. It was very professionnal, from the casier too the divemaster then photographer. Everyone was nice, happy, showing good reaction to your incoming, customer service was exceptionnal. I advise anyone, divers, snorkelers, shoppers, they are plenty of stuff to see at Stuart Cove's. Check it out.

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