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Bahamas Live-Aboards

One of the best ways to truly experience the diversity of diving The Bahamas is via live­aboard dive boat through some of the undiscovered areas.

With 700 islands in The Bahamas, a live­aboard offers a terrific opportunity to access some of the world class diving land based operators don't necessarily reach. Many times, these areas are remote and a live­aboard offers the only accommodations available. It can cover a vast area so one diving vacation can include peering over incredible walls, whipping along on thrilling drift dives, exploring caves and caverns, seeing large pelagic fish, sharks or dolphins and enjoying shallow reefs teeming with tropical fish.

The live­aboard experience allows a very casual and relaxed vacation with the emphasis on maximizing your time underwater. These boats offer up to three to five dives per day. Dive computers can help you take advantage of this opportunity and can be rented on some of the boats.

The Bahamas live­aboards offer a great atmosphere for the beginning or experienced U/W photographer who wants to shoot as much film as possible. Visibility can reach nearly 200 feet and the abundance and variety of marine life are unmatched. Many of the boats offer E­6 film processing so you can see your results immediately.

The Bahamas has long been a boaters' paradise-known for its crystal clear water and seemingly endless chain of islands and cays perfect for beachcombing and exploration. Depending on the boat and itinerary, there is usually an opportunity for one or more shore excursions. This can consist of relaxing on beautiful white, powder sand beaches, enjoying the local bird or iguana populations or exploring an out island settlement.

Most boats offer several itineraries. Some offer special guest photographic or marine experts. Call the numbers listed to find out which one offers your dream vacation!

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BOTTOM TIME ADVENTURES

  • Years in operation: 18
  • Capacity: 28 passengers
  • Staff: 5 with 1 instructor
  • Agency affillation: PADI, NAUI
  • Rentals: 12 sets of gear, computers
  • Departs from: Ft Lauderdale, Nassau
  • Main dive sites: Exuma Cays, Cat Cay, Eleuthera
  • Special note: E6 processing, resort courses, bicycle/kayaking/birding land excursions

(800) 234-8464

(954) 921-7798, FAX (954) 920-5578

PO Box 11919 - Ft Lauderdale, FL 33339-1919

WWW site - http://www.mastermall.com/bt

 

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BLACKBEARD'S CRUISES

  • Years in operation: 18
  • Capacity: 3 boats carrying 23 passengers each and 1 boat carrying 12 passengers
  • Staff: 30 with 8 instructors
  • Agency affillation: PADI, NAUI
  • Rentals: 12 sets of gear
  • Departs from: Miami, Nassau
  • Main dive sites: Bimini, Victories, Cat Cay, shark areas, Grand Bahama, Nassau, Exuma, Berries
  • Special note: Sailing and topside excursions

(800) 327-9600

(305) 888-1226, FAX (305) 884-4214

PO Box 661091 - Miami, FL 33266

Web Site -http://www.blackbeard-cruises.com

E-Mail sales@blackbeard-cruises.com

 

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NEKTON DIVING CRUISES

  • Years in operation: 18
  • Capacity: 30 passengers
  • Staff: 10 with 7 instructor
  • Rentals: Scuba gear, wetsuits, computers, u/w photo and video equipment
  • Departs from: Ft Lauderdale, Georgetown, Great Exuma
  • Main dive sites: Georgetown Grounds, Cay Sal, Bimini, Grand Bahama, Rum Cay, Conception Island, San Salvador, Exumas
  • Special note: No seasick SWATH design, E6 processing, complete audio/visual capabilities, Spa, private baths and elevating dive platform.

(800) 899-6753, (800) UW World

(954) 463-9324, FAX (954) 463-8938

520 SE 32nd St. - Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316

 

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SEA DRAGON

  • Years in operation: 25
  • Capacity: 8 to 9 passengers
  • Staff: 4 with 1 instructor
  • Agency affillation: PADI
  • Rentals: Computers and video
  • Departs from: Nassau in the Spring and Fall - George Town, Great Exuma in the Summer
  • Main dive sites: Exuma Cays
  • Special note: Customized group charters, 1 boat for shore excursions. Operates March 1 thru December 1.

(954) 522-0161

717 SW Coconut Dr. - Ft Lauderdale, FL 33315

 

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SEA FEVER DIVING CRUISES

  • Years in operation: 24
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Staff: 6 with 2 instructors
  • Agency affillation: PADI, NAUI
  • Rentals: Arranged in advance, computers on board
  • Departs from: Miami, Nassau, Freeport
  • Main dive sites: Cay Sal, Shark Blue Hole, Exuma Cays, Berries, Little Bahama Bank, Dolphin Grounds
  • Special note: E6 processing, video editing, shore excursions, water-skiing

(800) 443-3837

(305) 531-3483

PO Box 398276 - Miami Beach, FL 33239

E-mail - seafever@safari.net

WWW site - http://www.seafever.com

 

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MV BALLYMENA

  • Years in operation: 2
  • Capacity: 20 passengers
  • Staff: 8 with 2 instructors
  • Rentals: Computers, photo/video, scuba gear
  • Departs from: Nassau, Exuma
  • Main dive sites: Exumas, Andros, Cat Island, San Salvador, Conception Island, Long Island, Crooked Island
  • Special note: E6 processing, A/V, 2 tenders, kayaks, fishing, private baths

(800) 241-4591

(242) 394-0951, FAX (242) 394-0948

Out Island Voyages

PO Box N-7775 - Nassau, Bahamas

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