AQUA CAT I 7 NIGHTS I BEST OF THE BAHAMAS

AQUA CAT I 7 NIGHTS I BEST OF THE BAHAMAS
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Rated #1 in Scuba Diving magazine for 'Best Crew' for quality and service. Laid-back atmosphere on a five-star boat. All-inclusive food, drinks and alcohol. Al fresco deck with hammocks and BBQ. Lots of land-based activities on offer, so ideal for non-divers too. Ideal for families and welcoming to newer divers too



HIGHLIGHTS AQUA CAT

  • Languages spoken - English French Portuguese
  • All trips start and end on Saturday
  • Witness the spiny lobster migration (October-November)
  • Visit Pig Beach to see swimming wild pigs (weather dependent)
  • Participate in shark feeding sessions
  • Food, drinks and alcohol (beer, wine, rum and vodka) are all inclusive
  • Large salon area with entertainment system and video editing area
  • Alfresco deck with hammocks and BBQ
  • Take part in approximately 26 dives per week

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from platform with zodiac support
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books Spacious Dive Deck
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves Tanks With Din Valves Nitrox ($) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Air-Conditioning Lounge/TV Area US Power Sockets Movies
  • Snorkeling Kayaking Fishing Land Excursions
  • Buffet Fine Cuisine Alcohol Vegetarian Food and Snacks all included
  • Payments on board - Visa Mastercard Discover Cash
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher Life Jackets Life Rafts Emergency Oxygen Kit Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed) Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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OUR BOAT AQUA CAT

The new 102 ft scuba diving liveaboard catamaran, Aqua Cat, offers luxury accommodations, a spacious Main Salon and an extremely smooth ride. Her ability to cruise at a speed of 14-knots will get you to dive sites quickly while her 35-ft beam will ensure a smooth ride.

OUR CABINS

The eleven passenger cabins are some of the largest of any liveaboard in the world. Some of the cabins can accommodate a 3rd or 4th passenger, so she can carry from 22 to 30 passengers.

AMENITIES

All guest Cabins and the Main Salon 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.

Aqua Cat is your floating resort while on your adventure vacation, enjoy the Bar, excellent meals, awesome Scuba Diving and Water Sports. Between dives, enjoy hiking trails made by Pirates, Snorkel or choose from a diverse list of leisure time activities. All included in the price of your Liveaboard Safari Adventure vacation. The Aqua Cat Captain and crew will help you all the way to the end of your trip. Aqua Cat is comparably priced to a Caribbean luxury cruise or resort vacation, only the service is much more personal.

FOOD ON BOARD

Rise and shine and start the day with Breakfast, choose from an abundance of mouth-watering food including Fresh fruit, Eggs, French Toast, Pancakes or Waffles, Bacon or Sausages, Toast, croissants & bagels, Choice of cereals, Fruit Juice, Coffee & Tea. Lunch is just as great with Soup of the day (cream of mushroom, lentil, conch chowder, cheesy potato), Grilled chicken breast, Pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, peppers, red onions and basil, Garden salad with assorted dressings, Selection of assorted rolls, Fudgy Brownies.

Then after your evening aperitif whilst watching the sun go down Dinner is another great delight, Garden salad with assorted dressings, Herb crusted pork tenderloin with garlic mashed potatoes, seared mahi mahi with lemon butter, roasted cauliflower & broccoli, Pineapple upside down cake, Lemon Sorbet. Great food for all of your stay onboard the Aqua Cat.

Our dining room seats 24 guests. Because tables are unassigned, there is an informal atmosphere and a chance to get to know your fellow guests. 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. Our Chef can accommodate special menus such as Vegan, Vegetarian or Gluten-free, etc. with prior request. Dinners have a choice of main entrees.

DIVING WITH US

Aqua Cat is offering you the best in liveaboard scuba diving and snorkeling in the Bahamas, Aqua Cat has been rated #1 by the readers of Scuba Diving magazine for BEST CREW! So Divers can rely on the professional staff in charge of their enjoyment and safety underwater. No crowds, no set itineraries, nothing to do but sit back, relax and choose from Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Fishing, Sunbathing, and Island Exploring.

Diving aboard Aqua Cat, you will experience some of the most colourful Walls, Reefs, and diverse ocean life in the Bahamas, numerous species of Sharks present, you will encounter a Great Hammerhead, Tiger, Bull or Black Tip Shark and if this is not enough to blow you away, you can even stare over the precipice of a blue hole and discover the underwater secrets in the warm and pristine waters of the Exumas.

WHAT TO BRING

Mask, fins and snorkel. Dive equipment you can always rent on board, but please inform us upon booking. The atmosphere on board the Aqua Cat is always relaxed and casual, bathing suits, shorts, long pants, t-shirts, deck shoes, sandals, suntan lotion (non-oil), sunglasses, if in winter, sweatshirts or sweaters are advisable. The Exuma Cays offers many opportunities to go ashore and explore and enjoy the uninhabited beaches. For these eco adventures, we highly recommend proper footwear.

2 TWIN BEDS & 2 FOLD DOWN BEDS - #1 & 2 – TWIN SHARE OPTION

Cabins 1 & 2 are equipped with two XL Twin beds (39”x80”). In this configuration the cabin is sold as a twin share (cabin is only shared by 2 people, e.g. a couple or 2 friends). They have 2 large windows and an en suite bath with shower. Hair dryer. Oversized berths (80″ long) individually controlled air-conditioners. Carpeted floors

  • Size:  10 m²
  • Beds:  2 twin and 2 fold down
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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2 TWIN BEDS & 1 FOLD DOWN BED - #3 & 4

Cabin 3 & 4 are equipped with two XL Twins (39”x80”). Each of these cabins can accommodate one additional passenger in a fold down berth. This is great for a family or friends that would like to reduce their costs. They have 2 large windows and an en suite bath with shower. Hair dryer. Oversized berths (80″ long) individually controlled air-conditioners. Carpeted floors.

  • Size:  10 m²
  • Beds:  2 twin and 1 fold down
  • Max occupancy:  3
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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1 KING OR 2 TWIN BEDS - #5, 6, 7 & 8

Cabins 5, 6, 7 and 8 have two XL Twins bed (39”x80”) and in cabins 5-8 they can just be combined to make a king bed. They have 2 large windows and an en suite bath with shower. Hair dryer. Oversized berths (80″ long) individually controlled air-conditioners. Carpeted floors.

  • Size:  10 m²
  • Beds:  1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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2 TWIN BEDS & 2 FOLD DOWN BEDS - #1 & 2 – QUAD SHARE OPTION

Cabins 1 & 2 are equipped with two XL Twin (39”x80”) beds and two fold beds. In this configuration the cabin is sold as a quad share (4 people/strangers of the same gender will share this cabin). If you book this configuration for 2 people, they need to be of the same gender. This option is great for a more budget minded customer, a family or a group of friends that would like to reduce their costs. They have 2 large windows and an en suite bath with shower. Hair dryer. Oversized berths (80″ long) individually controlled air-conditioners. Carpeted floors

  • Size:  10 m²
  • Beds:  2 twin and 2 fold down
  • Max occupancy:  4
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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TWIN BUNK BEDS - #11

This cabin has two XL Twin bed (39”x80”) and a skylight instead of windows. Private bathroom with shower. Hair dryer. Oversized berths (80″ long) individually controlled air-conditioners. Carpeted floors.

  • Size:  6 m²
  • Beds:  2 Bunk Bed
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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1 QUEEN AND 1 TWIN BEDS - # 9 & 10

Cabins 9 and 10 have one queen and one twin. This cabin can accommodate 3 guests. They have 2 large windows and an en suite bath with shower. Hair dryer. Oversized berths (80″ long) individually controlled air-conditioners. Carpeted floors.

  • Size:  13 m²
  • Beds:  1 Queen + 1 Twin
  • Max occupancy:  3
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Hurricane Hole Marina on Paradise Island Nassau and ends in Hurricane Hole Marina on Paradise Island Nassau
  • The closest airport is Lynden Pindling Intl (NAS)
  • Transfers to/from the boat and Nassau International Airport on Saturdays are operated by Island Escape Tours. 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, the driver

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • You can check in on the boat as of 18:00
  • The boat departs Hurricane Hole Marina on Paradise Island Nassau at around 04:00 on the following day
  • The vessel is equipped with US power sockets
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash, VISA, Mastercard, Discover
  • The boat has DIN and INT valves

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Hurricane Hole Marina on Paradise Island Nassau in the afternoon on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 09:00 on the last day.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • There is no Wi-Fi connectivity on the Aqua Cat. Your smart device may be able to connect to the internet when the boat is within range of the two cell towers in the central Bahamas
  • The Aqua Cat doesn’t rent mask, snorkels and fins. You will need to bring yours with you or buy the equipment on site in the dive shop that is very close to the boat. All other equipment needs to be prearranged

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Approx. 25 – 26 dives, Beginners divers and snorkels welcome
  • Aboard Aqua Cat 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 4-5 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.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Transfer is included in your trip rate
  • Boarding begins at around 18:00 on Saturday.
  • If you are in Nassau before that, you may drop your luggage before 18:00
  • Dinner the first night is casual BBQ, followed by instructions and orientation
  • The first night will be spent in Paradise Island and the boat will depart at around 4am for Exumas on Sunday morning

DAY 2 - 6

  • 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 with the Aqua Cat

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 7

  • Two dives will be offered on Friday.
  • This last night will be spent in Nassau/Paradise Island.
  • 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.

DAY 8

  • Check out is on Saturday before 9 AM,
  • Transfers to Nassau International Airport

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks, alcohol
  • Dive guides
  • Island tours
  • Airport Transfers on Saturday to/from the airport and the boat

NOT INCLUDED

  • Port & Park fees 2019 with a 65 % single supplement: USD 348.25
  • Port & Park fees 2019: USD 215
  • Port & Park fees 2020: USD 225
  • Nitrox (150 USD per trip)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Dinner Friday night
  • Rental equipment full set 185 USD per trip
  • Courses

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

  • Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:
  • More than 9 months prior to departure, a refund less 5% administration fee will apply.
  • Within 9 months of departure, all payments (incl. park and port fees) are forfeited. If the trip departs full, a refund will be processed less a 5% administrative fee.
  • In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc.
  • The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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