Scuba divers in the know holiday in the Bahamas and one look at this alluring island reveals just what makes it such a popular Caribbean dive destination. Where else can you dive a Blue Hole one moment only to be followed by an adrenalin pumping shark dive or pristine reef dive next! Or perhaps it is the promise of pirates, treasure and refreshing rum cocktails that brings you to these dazzling blue shores. Scuba Travel have teamed up with Aquacat for a your diving satisfaction. As your liveaboard home for the week, you can not only escape the island tourists but journey into the Exumas national park, where no other daily divers venture. See for yourself a side of the Bahamas that few other scuba divers will experience on a liveaboard holiday in the Caribbean that is head and shoulders above the rest.
Aquatcat was built for your cruising comfort. Her steel hull and wide beam makes light work of the journies between dive sites. She sleeps 22 divers across 11 cabins, all with air con, en suite and hair dryer. Cabins are large by any liveaboard standards. 4 cabins are standard twin beds but can also accommodate a third person with a fold down bed (ideal for families with a younger member!) 4 further cabins can be arranged as either twin beds or 1 king bed. 2 cabins have a queen double bed with a separate single bed. And the final cabin has two twin beds with a skylight instead of porthole. Please do specify at the time of booking your preference.
The cabins are not the only area with ample space for relaxing - the salon has plenty of seating for everyone, TV, DVD, a video editing area and photo light table. The dining area is always a hub point, with freshly prepared international and Bahamian dishes served up daily. The al fresco deck is where your first night's welcome BBQ takes place and a great place to relax with fellow divers during your trip. Between dives hop up to the sun deck to catch some rays or relax with a drink at the end of the day. Aquacat even has an on board micro brewery with 3 local beers to try! But it is the dive deck where the real action takes place and there is room to gear up without worrying about elbows! A photo station will suit photographers and videographers alike.
Queen bed plus single
Queen plus twin bed, Ocean view cabin
KIng size bed
King size bed cabin
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Frequently Asked Questions
Nassau (NAS) is around 9 hours direct flying time from London. Indirect services take longer. The Bahamas is a scuba diving paradise, with breathtaking dive sites offering pristine reefs, multitudes of exciting wrecks, blue holes, spectacular walls and the chance to dive with dolphins and sharks. It's also got great life surface side, with pristine beaches, plenty of restaurants and bars and a fabulous place to while away the hours enjoying the Caribbean sunshine.
Weather and Climate
The Bahamas enjoys fairly constant trade winds, and as such, it a fabulous year round holiday. The winter air temps are between 21-24C whilst the simmer months are warmer, 27-29C, with a greater chance of rain. Water temps go from around 23C (Feb) and 29C (Aug).
There are both direct and indirect flight options to the Bahamas (Nassau). BA operate the direct flight from London. Depending on the day of departure, you may need to route via the States, usually Miami, with American Airlines. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA. We are able to book most major airlines. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Nassau, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
If you are routing through the USA, we are able to book a stop over en route. This is usually in Miami. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders are able to obtain a visa on entry to the Bahamas. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date.
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren’t as expensive as you might think. click here
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival for any of our Bahamas holidays, you will be met and taken to your hotel or liveaboard. Simply make your way to through baggage reclaim and immigrations. Your transfer will be waiting for you with a board with your name, resort or liveaboard. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
If you are travelling onto Bimini you will need to catch a domestic flight. These can only be booked with a smaller baggage allowance than the international flights. Excess baggage is charged for locally. Domestic flights are on smaller planes, and the schedule can be affected by adverse winds. We will always try to allow time in your itinerary for any possible delays. If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Nassau, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost
You will be advised locally of your transfer times at the end of your holiday. The departure tax of BS$15.00 is collected from every person 6 years and older.
Included in your holiday
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Deposits and Balances
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