Aquacat | Caribbean Liveaboard - Caribbean

  • Guests 22 guests
  • Rooms 11 cabins all with air con & en suite
  • Restaurants In Saloon area on maindeck
  • Food and Drinks Three gourmet meals a day. Snacks and fresh fruits are always available.
  • Facilities31m liveaboard catamaran
  • Diving Enjoy up to 26 dives per week
  • Diving Extras Available
  • Internet Access Currently not available

About Aquacat

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.

Twin Cabin

Private bathroom with shower. 109 square feet of cabin space. These can be configured as either two twins or one king

Triple Cabin

Private bathroom with shower. 109 square feet of cabin space. Two twin beds with one pull down to accommodate up to 3 guests.

Queen bed plus single

135 sq ft of cabin. Queen plus twin bed, Ocean view cabin, private bathroom with shower.

KIng size bed

King size bed cabin , private bathroom with shower

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

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).

Travel

Flight options

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.

Stopovers

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

Visa requirements

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. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

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

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

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.

Check in

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.

Lounge

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

Parking

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.

Transfers

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

Departures

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.

Info

Included in your holiday

You have 7 nights in an ocean view double (twin/double) - triple and quad cabin available for a reduced cost. Full board includes meals, snacks, all soft drinks and a selection of local beers, wine and rum drinks. All trips are fully guided with expert guides, 12lt tanks, air fills and weights. Airport transfers are prebooked and included

Excluded

This holiday excludes international flights to Nassau NAS. Ask your travel consultant for a competitive quote to add to your holiday. To pay locally are park fees, government tax and VAT, currently $210 for 2018, nitrox $150, additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs and departure tax.

Tipping

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.

Currency

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 crew gratuity to your cabin account. Aqua Cat accepts VISA, MasterCard and Discover.

Phone coverage

We do not offer connectivity on the Aqua Cat. Your smart device may be able to connect to the internet when we are within range of the two cell towers in the central Bahamas. Otherwise, you are disconnected. Breathe, itíll be okay! Be sure your cell provider has international service with the Bahamas before you go.

Plugs and electricity

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.

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire is available for a local cost - please prebook and ask for a price list

Extras

PADI courses are available for a local cost - please prebook and ask for a price list

Souvenirs

The boat has a small on board boutique

Nitrox/Gas

Recreational nitrox is $150 for the week

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for Aquacat will be £1000. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our loyalty discount is all about! If you have booked directly with Scuba Travel, on your 3rd full price holiday you will automatically be eligible for a loyalty discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction. We are always happy to offer discounts as described below but these are not cumulative and we do not offer further discounts on special offer prices.

5% off for loyalty customers

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