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.
We have been on many liveaboards. The Aqua Cat is the only one we have been on twice. The boat, crew, food and service are exceptional. We highly recommend the Aqua Cat. The cabins and individual bathrooms are spacious. Everybody pitches in to make the stay most enjoyable.
If you are looking for a first-rate live-aboard dive boat, this is it. The Aqua Cat is a spacious 100 ft catamaran, with three levels and a crew of 10. They specialize in dive sites in the Exuma Islands, offering 5 dives a day on most days (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon, and most nights, 1 night dive). In between, Chef Kelly and her crew keeps you very well fed, with excellent meals.
The dive deck is spacious, and they offer Nitrox as well as air. A full line of rental gear is available if you need it.
Captain Ron is a longtime diver, and selected the dive sites based on weather conditions, tides, and other factors. We did a variety - reef dives, wall dives, and one shark dive. The 4 divemasters rotate, offering guided dives, and doing underwater videography - which makes for a highly entertaining end of cruise show.
The week we were on was uniformly excellent. The crew and DM's were supremely helpful, kind, and always available. I wouldn't change a single thing about this live-aboard dive experience. We plan to return for more!
If you've tried Red Sea liveaboards then you'll know what to expect. Aquacat is the next step up. Bigger rooms, bigger bathrooms... a bigger boat all round. There is even beer on tap, though, quite sensibly, your first (alcoholic) drink is your last dive of the day. There were sharks on almost every dive together with the usual suspects, turtles, morays, grouper etc etc.
5 dives on most days if you want to. The food is great and plenty of it. The crew are always there to help you on and off with your kit.
Not the cheapest but well worth the extra.
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My wife and I just finished a week of diving on Aqua Cat. This is our 5th live aboard experience and ranks right up at the top with the best of them.
Decent state rooms, good food, comfortable common areas, thoughtfully laid out and we'll run dive deck. The staff however make the trip. Captain Dez, Dive Master Diego, and all the rest made this a simply delightful cruise. All the staff were very attentive and were on top of everything.
We've dove on better reefs over the years, but an easy 3 hour flight, and great service and wonderful ship, we will be back.
Thanks to the awesome staff. You guys made our trip for us