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Win a free scuba diving vacation cruise in the Bahamas on the liveaboard Aqua Cat.
Take a scuba diving vacation on the liveaboard Aqua Cat out of Nassau, Bahamas.


What is a liveaboard like? Liveaboard cruising is an appealing alternative to conventional land tours and larger cruise ships. We offer a richer travel experience - one that goes beyond the typical tourist sites. Imagine sinking your toes into sugar sand, snorkeling/diving among the lemon sharks and sting rays, or hiking the trails of pirates and bootleggers of years gone by. The ideal way to explore the world is on a small ship, enjoying access to places of natural beauty not possible any other way. Liveaboards appeals to travelers who prefer a relaxed, comfortable travel style with the emphasis on the destination. Aqua Cat takes you beyond the confines of conventional tourism for meaningful experiences with people and places.

What is our itinerary? You will have a great time exploring the 365 mostly uninhabited islands of the Exumas with their many beautiful beaches. In addition to the incredible scuba diving and snorkeling, you can beach comb, kayak, explore the islands, or take advantage of all the great photo opportunities like feeding the iguanas on Allan's Cay. While in Nassau and Paradise Island, you can enjoy shopping, casinos, and nightlife.

What type of adventures can I look forward to experiencing on my cruise? Eco-adventurers enjoy the many opportunities offered aboard the Aqua Cat and the Sea Dog. The Sea Dog is our 28’ launch that can take you to isolated beaches where you can sunbathe, explore, kayak, snorkel or fish. You will enjoy feeding and photographing the iguanas on Allan’s Cay. You can visit the headquarters of the Exumas Land & Sea Park on Warderick Wells and explore the many trails. Be sure to check out the whale bones on the island. Don’t miss the blow hole! You can also kayak the creeks that meander through Shroud Cay. These creeks are nurseries for many varieties of fish and sharks. For those interested in bird watching, the Exumas are a nesting area for many species of seabirds including White-Tailed Tropicbirds, Audubon Shearwaters, Brown Noddies, and Bridled and Sooty Terns. The possibilities are endless!

What is the minimum age for passengers on the Aqua Cat? If you charter the full boat, there is no minimum age but keep in mind that water savvy children will most enjoy this type of vacation. Children under the age of 15 must be under the supervision of a parent or guardian at ALL times. Our crew is most gracious and good with all ages however, the crew will not provide child care services or supervision at ANY time. Families that wish to join us are welcome. It is recommended that children be divers or snorkelers to fully enjoy the activities on board.

What do I need to participate in the eco-adventures of the Exumas? The Exuma Cays offers many opportunities to go ashore and explore and enjoy the uninhabited beaches. For these occasions, we highly recommend proper footwear for these eco adventures. Flip flops are not suitable. We suggest water shoes or TEVA type sandals. Sneakers are fine but they might get wet!.

What should I bring?The atmosphere on board the Aqua Cat is always relaxed and casual. You'll spend your days in bathing suits and casual wear. Bring shorts or jeans, T-shirts and a windbreaker. Also bring a pair of sandals, hat, suntan lotion (non-oil) and sunglasses. In winter, a sweatshirt or sweater is advisable. Our liveaboard boutique offers everything you need for your cruise (swimsuits, t-shirts, shorts, sundresses, hats and toiletries).

What are the meals like? All meals, beverages/bar and snacks are included! We serve three gourmet meals a day. Snacks and fresh fruits are always available. 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 Friday evening. Click here to view a sampling of our menu!

How do I get to the docks? With prior arrangements, we provide complimentary transfers to/from the boat and the Nassau International Airport on Saturdays. We must have your trip application with current flight information to make these arrangements for you. We have contracted with Island Escape Tours to provide this service. They will be outside and across to the median when you exit the airport terminal. If you don't find them immediately, just ask. Everyone knows Mr Wright, our favorite driver! The Aqua Cat departs from Hurricane Hole Marina onParadise Island. It is just east of the Paradise Island Bridge. The local phone number for the marina is 242-363-3600.

What time can we board? For flight planning, boarding is at 6 pm on Saturday. We offer a welcome briefing, dinner and an important safety briefing immediately afterwards. It is important that you are there for this informative meeting! Please plan your flights accordingly. If you are arriving earlier, you may drop bags off at the boat prior to 6:00 PM. The Aqua Cat returns to Nassau Friday afternoon. You will be responsible for dinner ashore Friday evening. We require that you disembark Saturday by 9:00 AM. You may leave your bags at the boat if you have a late afternoon flight.

How is the snorkeling? The reefs are perfect for snorkeling with gin clear waters and lots of fish, both small and large! You can snorkel anytime the boat is anchored! We offer a variety of snorkeling adventures- drift Wax Cut, mangrove nurseries, or feed the sting rays! You need to bring mask, fins and snorkel. If you don't have them, we have some available for rent. If you have not snorkeled before, the crew will be happy to instruct you.

Can I go fishing? Yes, as long as you aren’t in the Exumas Land & Sea Park. We have the Sea Dog, our 28’ launch that is used for trolling, or taking fisherman to shores or coves. We furnish all of the fishing gear.

Can I scuba dive? Yes, if you are a certified diver. If not, you may take a full certification course (prior arrangement required) or a Discover Scuba Diving course. The minimum age is 10 years old for scuba courses. We have Scuba gear for the younger set too.

What is a Discover Scuba Diving course? For a fee of $99.00, our dive instructor will teach you the skills to safely enjoy shallow scuba dives. You will then be able to make two scuba dives with your instructor on the Aqua Cat. (This course does not make you a certified diver). Equipment is included.

What is the diving like?While the Northern Exumas are only 30 miles from Nassau, there are no daily dive operators in this area. You can experience some of the greatest variety of diving found anywhere in the Caribbean. The Exumas have walls starting at 40', as well as high speed drift dives, shallow reefs and shark feeding dives. There is a large Blue Hole between Nassau and the Exumas. For over 30 years, much of the northern Exumas has been a National Underwater Park with no fishing, spear fishing or collecting allowed. Because of these laws, there are miles of undersea gardens in which coral, sponges and fish abound. Turtles, rays and sharks are seen regularly on most dive sites. Goliath grouper truly are gargantuan in the Exumas!

Will I see sharks? Yes! 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!

How many dives per day? Divers will have the opportunity to do up to 5 dives a day Sunday through Thursday, including night dives, as long as weather is not a factor. Two dives will be offered on Friday.

Is Nitrox available? Yes. Nitrox is available on board for $150 per week per diver. Nitrox is 32%. If you are not Nitrox certified, we can help you accomplish this on board. The course is $150 and then you receive a $50 credit for fills.

Can I do open water checkouts? Yes. You can complete your open water checkout dives with our instructor. (Prior arrangements are desirable.) The cost is $125.00.

Can I take advanced certification or specialty courses on board? Our instructors are available for further training in SCUBA. Prior arrangements recommended.

What dive gear do I need to bring?Certified scuba divers need snorkel, fins, mask, and regulator with pressure gauge, buoyancy compensator, u/w watch, and depth gauge. For night dives, a dive light and cyalume stick (or substitute) is required. We provide tanks, weights and weight belts. Between fall and spring, a wetsuit is recommended. See, “Do I need a wetsuit” below.

Can I rent dive gear? If you do not have your own scuba diving equipment, we have "top of the line" ADV/BCs, wetsuits, dive lights and regulators with octopus and gauges available for rent. All rentals must be arranged prior to departure.

Rental Rates

Item Price
Regulator with octopus and gauges $50
Buoyancy Compensator $50
3mm two piece wetsuit $35
Shorty wetsuit $30
Dive computer $50
Mask, fins & snorkel $35
Dive light $30 $10 per dive
Chemical light sticks (cyalumes) are required for night divers $3/each
       

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 which wetsuit works for you, consider that you will have the opportunity to dive as many as five times a day and it takes your body a while to warm up. Wetsuit needs are different for everyone. A general guideline follows.

Average Temperatures

Month Water Temp Air Temp Wetsuit
January - February 72-75f/22-24c 72-80f/22-27c Full Wetsuit 6mm
March 73-77f/23-25c 72-85f/22-29c Full Wetsuit 6mm
April 75-79f/24-26c 76-90f/24-32c Shorty or Full
May 77-80f/25-27c 80-90f/27-32c Skin or Shorty
June 79-81f/26-27c 80-90f/27-32c Skin or Shorty
July-September 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
December 75-78f/24-26c 72-85f/22-29c Full Wetsuit 6mm

Wetsuit needs vary from individual to individual. These are approximates.

Do you have a DVD and VCR on board? Yes, we have a DVD player. We have a collection of movies on board. Feel free to bring your favorites.

Is electricity available?All guest cabins, main salon and photo table on the dive deck have US outlets for 120 volts/ 15 amps. Passengers joining us from abroad should bring adaptors and/or converters depending on country of residence to transform power to 220 volts.

How much spending money do I need? You will need enough for the crew gratuity (15% recommended), spending money for an evening ashore (shopping, drinks, souvenirs), and dinner ashore Friday evening. The Bahamas currency is Bahamian dollars, which are equivalent to the U.S. dollar and are interchangeable. If you have US dollars, there is no need to exchange currency. You can charge your specialty classes, boutique purchases, and film processing and crew gratuity to your cabin account. Aqua Cat accepts VISA, MasterCard and Discover.

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. 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 right away so he may rectify the situation. Leave no more gratuity than you feel is right.

What if I need to be contacted in an emergency? If someone needs to get in contact with you because of a true emergency, they may contact our office and we will relay the message. We have a cellular phone on board available for outgoing calls. The cost for calls is $5.00 USD per minute. Most cell phones will work in part of the area we cruise as long as we are near the cell tower. You can check with your provider to see if yours will work in the Bahamas.

Where do we spend our port nights?The first and last night will be spent in Nassau/Paradise Island. Dinner the first night is a casual BBQ on the alfresco deck followed by introductions and liveaboard orientation. You are free to explore the island that evening. Enjoy shopping, casinos, and nightlife in Paradise Island and Nassau! We shove off for the Exumas very early...around 4 AM on Sunday morning! Once we leave port, you'll escape the hustle and bustle of the city to the pristine Exumas! Enjoy incredible sunsets and breathtaking scenery. We return to Nassau on Friday afternoon. The Captain's Farewell Cocktail party is at 6 PM. Dinner on Friday evening is your responsibility ashore. Go play or stay aboard. Reservations and recommendations can be made by the crew.

What travel documents are needed? All travelers to the Bahamas need a current passport. Be sure to book your air tickets with your name as it appears exactly on your passport. Check with the Bahamas Embassy for visa requirements if citizenship is not US by clicking on this link. Bahamas Entry Requirements. ***Latin American Citizens
VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS: Most visitors to The Bahamas do not need special vaccinations before entering the country. However, travelers over age one must provide a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CERTIFICATE, if they are coming from countries with the risk of infection such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. They must be vaccinated 10 days before entering The Bahamas. Information can be found on the following sites: www.bahamas.gov.bs, www.cdc.gov/travel.

Deposits/Payments Individuals – A $500.00 per person deposit is due within ten days of the reservation. The balance is due 60 days prior to departure.

Groups Group of 9+ 18+
Within 10 days of booking $1000 $2000
6 months prior to departure $2000 $4000
4 months prior to departure $2000 $4000

60 days prior to departure full payment is due.
For every 8 paying passengers, the 9th goes free!

Cancellation Policy*
Individuals – More than 90 days prior to departure, we’ll refund your deposit less $250 per person cancellation fee. Within 90-61 days of departure, the deposit is forfeited. Less than 60 days prior to departure, all monies on hand are forfeited.

Groups – More than 60 days prior to departure, the deposit is forfeited. Less than 60 days prior to departure, all monies on hand are forfeited.
*If the trip departs full, we will refund all deposits and payments.

Insurance - It is strongly recommended that all passengers purchase trip insurance to protect you in the event that you may need to cancel your trip. It is also recommended that all divers have diving accident insurance. You can request a brochure from our office or go to:

Diveassure : Annual combination trip & dive accident insurance.
Travelex     : Trip insurance for a single trip or yearlong coverage. Choose SELECT policy and add ADVENTURE PACKAGE to ensure diving coverage.
Divers Alert Network : For annual combination trip & dive accident insurance.

Method of Payment - MasterCard, Visa, and Discover, personal check, money order and wire transfers are all accepted.


Win a free scuba diving vacation cruise in the Bahamas on the liveaboard Aqua Cat.

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Davie, FL 33314
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