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Blackbeard Question

Discussion in 'Liveaboards and Charter Boats' started by dirkmy, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. dirkmy

    dirkmy Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Kennesaw
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    Looking to do my first live aboard. Thinking about Blackbeard in the Bahamas. I was wondering after disembarking from the boat if people stayed another day or got on a plane later in the day. I know you do your last dive at 2 pm the day before you get back so should wait until later the next day to fly. Does anyone have any recommendations on where to stay a day to just relax? I would more than likely be traveling solo so would like to keep costs down, but not stay at a dump. Thanks for your help.
     
  2. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
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    27,007
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    You're clear to dive after 18 hours, so that would be 9:00 the next morning (if you got out at 3:00).
     
  3. KathyV

    KathyV Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    5,185
    3,274
    113
  4. Hoag

    Hoag Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ontario
    1,580
    1,214
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    I have been on the Aquacat a few times, and since it is the same company as Blackbeard's, I would imagine that they have the same (or similar) policies.

    On the Aquacat, we would have the option to do two (shallow) dives on Friday morning. The boat would then arrive in port Friday afternoon with a scheduled departure from the boat Saturday morning with most flights heading back around noon. In most cases, you will have approximately 24 hours from the time you get out of the water on your last dive until your flight takes off. If you want to give a little more "margin of safety", it is easier (and cheaper) to sit out the last dive or two than it would be to spend an extra day in Nassau. Sitting out those last couple dives also gives the benefit of ensuring that your gear is dry when you pack it.
     
  5. herr2720

    herr2720 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Idaho
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    When I did a trip on the Cat Ppalu (same company, docks next to Blackbeards) I stayed an extra day, but only because that was the best flight option for me. Some people flew in a day early for the same reason. Plenty of hotels on the island, low key to overly expensive. I stayed a the Hilton because I'm a cheapskate and I had HHonors points to burn back then but I would never pay their published rates.
     
  6. KathyV

    KathyV Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    5,185
    3,274
    113
    I like to take some time to visit the local spots, and I also like to leave a little buffer space BEFORE getting on the boat in case there as issues with flight delays and lost baggage - and to give me a little time to relax after rushing to get out of town and the stress of traveling. So finding a decent hotel at a reasonable price and working out the transportation issues sounds like a good plan to me!
     
  7. bcaderunr

    bcaderunr Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
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    I'd catch the first plane back to Miami and stay there!:)
     
  8. scbaNE2179

    scbaNE2179 Barracuda

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Ocean
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    Is your concern regarding the safety of flying after a week diving on a LA? It's definitely a valid concern and something to think about but as long as you give yourself 24 hours to fly after repetitive diving, you should be ok. Also keep in mind that Blackbeards only offers 4 dives a day, not the usual 5 as offered on the AC. Another thing to keep in mind is that none of the BB's boats offers Nitrox so you'll have to dive Air. Depending on the depth and the conservatism of your computer, this may be an issue. If you're diving anything Suunto(RGBM), then be especially mindful as your bottom time will really be limited :mad:
     
  9. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
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    5,698
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    Heck, I enjoyed spending extra time in Nassau. Used part of it to do a few dives at Stuart Coves and the rest to explore the city and get topside video for my DVD on the trip
     
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  10. scbaNE2179

    scbaNE2179 Barracuda

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Ocean
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    SC's is great-I usually use them as my check out dives prior to boarding either the AC or BB boats. Although using AL80s in the Caribbean is kind of a pain in my backside. Just wished more dive ops offered steel tanks.
     

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