CAT PPALU I 2019 - 2020 I BEST OF BAHAMAS I 6 NIGHTS

CAT PPALU I 2019 - 2020 I BEST OF BAHAMAS I 6 NIGHTS
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You decide what we do and where we go! Dive, Kayak, Swim, Snorkel. All meals, snacks, alcohol and soft drinks and water sports included. Safety is at the top of our list. Experienced and professional crew



CAT PPALU HIGHLIGHTS

  • Languages spoken - English French Portuguese
  • Explore the Exuma Cays, Eleutherea, Bahamas on a charming catamaran
  • Participate in shark feeding sessions
  • 30 years of preserved underwater parks offer the most pristine diving
  • October through November, witness the phenomenon of the spiny lobster migration
  • Visit Pig Beach to see the swimming wild pigs (weather dependent)
  • Family and friends ultimate diving sailing adventure
  • Learn how to dive or snorkel while on board
  • Open bar and all beverages, meals, water sports and diving included in the price
  • Dive courses and rental equipment available
  • Special trips with marine biologists available

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dive from spacious skiffs, 19 dives per trip
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books Spacious Dive Deck
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Rental Equipment ($)
  • Air-Conditioning Lounge/TV Area US Power Sockets Power Socket Adapters Board Games Movies
  • Snorkeling Stand-Up Paddling Windsurfing Kayaking Fishing Land Excursions
  • Buffet Alcohol Gluten Free Food –all inclusive
  • Payment on board - Visa Mastercard Discover Personal Checks Cash

FOR YOUR SAFETY

  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
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Departure: 28/09/2019
Arrival: 04/10/2019
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 4
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Nassau Harbour Club - Nassau Harbour Club
Departure: 05/10/2019
Arrival: 11/10/2019
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 4
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Departure: 09/11/2019
Arrival: 15/11/2019
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 3
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Departure: 16/11/2019
Arrival: 22/11/2019
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 3
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Departure: 18/01/2020
Arrival: 24/01/2020
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 8
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Departure: 15/02/2020
Arrival: 21/02/2020
Duration: 6 nights
Spaces available: 4
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28/09/2019 04/10/2019 6 nights 4 Nassau Harbour Club - Nassau Harbour Club
05/10/2019 11/10/2019 6 nights 4 Nassau Harbour Club - Nassau Harbour Club
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16/11/2019 22/11/2019 6 nights 3 Nassau Harbour Club - Nassau Harbour Club
18/01/2020 24/01/2020 6 nights 8 Nassau Harbour Club - Nassau Harbour Club
15/02/2020 21/02/2020 6 nights 4 Nassau Harbour Club - Nassau Harbour Club

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THE CAT PPALU

The sailing Liveaboard charter catamaran Cat Ppalu, offers scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and adventure cruises. Each week we set sail from Nassau, Bahamas to the Northern Exumas on the 65′ sailing charter catamaran, Cat Ppalu. This is the ultimate Dive Safari Adventure vacation aboard your own private sailing liveaboard. It is your charter so you choose what you want to do. You can make up to 19 dives during the week or choose to just explore the islands. No crowds, no set itineraries, nothing to do but sit back, relax and choose from an incredible variety of activities: Scuba Diving, Sailing, Cruising, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Wind Surfing, Stand up Paddleboards, Bird Watching and of course, Island Exploring.

Consider the Cat Ppalu a floating bed and breakfast; your private floating hotel, with Captain and Crew at your service. Our crewed charters handle all of the details. 

CABINS

The Cat Ppalu accommodates 12 passengers in 6 cabins, 4 Double cabins and 2 cabins with 2 Singles each. There are 2 fresh water showers and 2 heads

FOOD ON BOARD

With an Open Bar and all beverages, meals, water sports and diving included in the price, it’s comparable to a luxury cruise or resort vacation, only the service is much more personal on our charter liveaboard sailboat, the Cat Ppalu

AMENITIES

. Kayak the Cays and Inlets, explore the many uninhabited beaches, and even big game fish from our sailboat, the Cat Ppalu! Cat Ppalu is also available as a liveaboard vacation for Special Interest Groups: Ecotourism, Adventurers, Kayakers and Corporate Incentive travellers as well as Educational tours, Scouts and Research trips.

DIVING WITH US

You can snorkel most of the sites in the Exumas as well and enjoy the gin clear waters of the Central Bahamas. A large part of the Northern Exumas is a part of the Exumas Land & Sea Park where everything is protected, so you will see abundant sea life including many large Groupers. You can visit the Exumas Land & Sea Park headquarters at Warderick Wells and hike the nature trails.

MAIN DECK - TWIN BED CABIN - #3 & 4 CABINS

Main deck, each with 2 twin berths, 2 windows, private vanity and sink. Share bathroom, A/C on the boat

  • Size: -
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: No
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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MAIN DECK - DOUBLE BED CABIN - #1 & 2 & 5

Main deck, featuring double bed, 2 windows, private vanity and sink. Share bathroom, A/C on the boat

  • Size: -
  • Beds: 1 Double
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: No
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

BELOW MAIN DECK - DOUBLE CABIN - #6 

Below main deck, with double bed, porthole and private vanity and sink. Share bathroom, A/C on the boat

  • Size: -
  • Beds: 1 Double
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: No
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Nassau Harbour club and ends in Nassau Harbour club
  • The closest airport is Nassau Paradise Island Airport (PID)
  • Transfer from the airport can be arranged
  • You will receive exact meeting point instructions closer to the trip date directly from the Liveaboard

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • You can check in on the boat as of 12:00
  • The boat departs Nassau Harbour club at around 15:00 on the same day
  • The vessel is equipped with US power sockets, Power socket adapters
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash, VISA, Mastercard, Discover, Personal checks
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day around 14:00
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Nassau Harbour club in the afternoon on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is on the last day.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Gear is not stored at the dock so last minute rental requests may not be available
  • Everyone should have their own mask, fins and snorkel as the yacht doesn't carry these
  • There are no internet services on board, but internet is available with a cell phone in most areas. While underway, there are times with no access
  • There is storage at the dock for any empty bags or any bags you won’t be needing
  • It is recommended to bring 2 towels

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 19 dives
  • All levels of diver
  • Aboard Cat Ppalu you will dive the most plentiful and colour 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 3-4 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.

TRAVEL PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Boarding begins at noon
  • Check in, safety briefing, lunch and dinner
  • Set sail at approximately 3 pm.
  • Sail to the Exuma from Nassau

DAY 2 - 5

  • Dive, eat, sleep and enjoy (itinerary subject to weather and season)
  • Divers will have the opportunity to do approx 19 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

DAY 6

  • Snorkel or Dive 2-3 day dives depending upon our location in the Exumas
  • Eco-adventures depending on your groups’ desires
  • Return to Nassau approximately 4-5 pm
  • Dinner at the dock is served
  • Passengers may enjoy the evening ashore to sightsee in Nassau

DAY 7

  • Continental breakfast is served
  • All passengers disembark by 9 am 

DIVING AREAS

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.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks, alcohol
  • Dive guides
  • Island tours
  • Dinner Thursday night

NOT INCLUDED

  • Port fee, park fee 2019-20: USD 145
  • Transfer to/from the airport (round-trip) (USD 36)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Discover Scuba Diving course (125 USD per activity)
  • Rental equipment full set 185 USD per trip
  • Rental equipment per piece: Wetsuit= 35$, BCD= 50$, Regulator= 50$, Computer= 50$, Torch= 10$
  • 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:

  • 5% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 90 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 90 days prior to arrival

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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