Nassau, Bahamas

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Sep 9 - 16, 2023
Group size: 1 - 15
Nassau, Bahamas

  • Facebook verified
3 reviews

Sep 9 - 16, 2023
Group size: 1 - 15

About this trip

The Bahamas turquoise blue waters incredible visibility invite you to take a plunge with us aboard the Aqua Cat!  We will sail around the Exuma Cays where we will log wall dives, swift drift dives and wreck dives plus the Lost Blue Hole and stunning coral reefs.  We will do up to 5 dives a day - that's 26 dives in a week!  Year after year, The Bahamas is a top destination for large animal diving.  Enjoy close encounters with Caribbean reef sharks, hammerheads, tiger sharks and more.

This oversized luxury catamaran has 3 decks - including a 900 sq ft dive deck with individually assigned dive stations and storage with 4, sometimes 6, water entry locations.  This deck also has 2 semi-private showers which run very warm water for a pleasant rinse after each dive.

Bring your GoPros, Paralenz and/or underwater camera to capture your amazing experiences.  Our trip leader is a professional underwater photographer.  His photos are plastered all over our dive shop.  With SO many dives on this trip, take advantage of this opportunity to hone your underwater photography skills under his guidance for a whole week!  By the end of this trip you will be proud of your new photo skills.

Trip Leader:  Jim Sparkman

Included Excursions:

If you thought a scuba diving trip meant being stranded on a boat for a week, think again. We will also enjoy land-based excursions. A jet drive boat (Sea Dog) transports guests from the Aqua Cat to shore for land-based activities, such as:

  • Visiting Exuma Land & Sea Park
  • Beachcombing on uninhabited cays
  • Learning about uninhabited Bahamian islands during guided walking tours – history, nature, legend and lore
  • Encountering local wildlife – sea and shorebirds, iguanas and yes, even pigs
  • Relaxing on a secluded beach

Additional water excursions include:

  • Kayaking along the beach and in the creek amid mangroves
  • Learning or mastering stand up paddleboarding (SUPs)
  • Snorkeling along the beach and in grottos and discovering life below the waterline
  • Kneeboarding or tubing
  • Jumping into the water from a make-shift tree swing

All-Inclusive Dining:

Your trip includes three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – plus snacks. Each is prepared on board by our chef and highlights American and Bahamian cuisine. For the convenience and flexibility of guests, buffet service is featured for breakfast and lunch.

The most formal event is a casual sit-down dinner. Guests can choose from one of several entrees and wine selections. Seats are unassigned and everyone is encouraged to linger and get to know one another.

The bar opens for those who aren’t planning to go on a night dive. Beverage selections include soft drinks, bottled water, wine, cocktails, rum drinks and local craft beer on tap.


Flights to and from Nassau, Bahamas is not included. 

Don't wait to purchase your plane ticket as price increases as travel date approaches.  Put your ticket on 'lay away' and lock in the current rate.  Check out to reserve your ticket now and pay your ticket off in installments prior to departure.  Or, some airlines offer a similar service and worth investigating.  As of early February, United has roundtrip tickets under $600 pp.

Arrivals: For trip planning purposes, if arriving the day of departure, please ensure your flight arrives no later than 4 pm, to allow time to go through immigration, pick up luggage and travel to the marina.

Departure:  All passengers must disembark by 9:00 am.  For trip planning purposes, we recommend a departure flight no earlier than 11 am to allow time for travel to the airport, luggage check-in and security check.

Occupancy and Cabin Descriptions

All rooms have a double occupancy passenger minimum.  Single occupancy rooms are not available. Some of the rooms are equipped with an additional bed or pulldown twin bed(s).  The rooms and occupancies available are as follows:

King Cabin - DOUBLE occupancy ocean view window cabin with 2 floor twin beds that may be converted to a King upon request.  Cabin #8.

Deluxe Queen Cabin -  TRIPLE occupancy ocean view cabin with 1 queen floor bed and 1 twin floor bed.  The window is by the queen bed only.  Cabins # 9 & 10.

Quad Cabin - QUADRUPLE occupancy ocean view window cabin with 2 twin floor beds and 2 pulldown twin beds.  Cabin #1

Have more questions about the Aqua Cat, check out their FAQ page.

If you do not have a travel buddy or buddies to join you on this trip, we will be happy to pair you with other(s).  However, occupancy rates cannot be guaranteed until 90 days before sailing.  Before booking your selection, please reach out to the dive shop by phone, 210-718-0868 or email:


* A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot.

* All payments, including initial deposit and all subsequent payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.

* There are no refunds in the event guest must cancel for any reason.

* In the event of a named storm, a future credit for any missed days due to the storm will be provided by Aqua Cat.  There is no refund for cancellations due to weather.

* Trip must be paid in full 90 days prior sailing.

We strongly urge each guest purchase comprehensive accident, trip cancellation/interruption insurance when space is reserved.  Please be advised that if a guest chooses NOT to purchase trip insurance, we will NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FINANCIAL DISAPPOINTMENT CAUSED BY REASONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL.  Furthermore, the uninsured guest will be responsible for any additional expenses incurred.

Travel insurance is strongly recommended to protect your investment.  Please see additional information further below under 'Insurance'.


* If planning on diving with Enriched Air (EANX) , an Enriched Air Diver certification is REQUIRED.

* Surface Marker Buoy (SMB/Safety Sausage) is RECOMMENDED on ALL dives.

* A primary dive light is REQUIRED for all night dives.  A backup dive light is RECOMMENDED.

* Tank lights for all night dives is REQUIRED.

* Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from day of departure.

* For ANY medical conditions, a Medical Release is REQUIRED with a signed medical authorization prior to travel.



Diver's Alert Network (DAN) insurance is recommended.  DAN membership is required before their insurance may be purchased.  They offer trip insurance and dive insurance separately.  Please check them both.  Become a DAN member here.

              TRAVEL AND MEDICAL EMERGENCY QUOTE - click here.

              DIVE ACCIDENT INSURANCE - click here.

If you have any other dive insurance, like Dive Assure, please provide your information when your spot is booked.

What’s included

  • Dives on Liveaboard
    All dives from the Aqua Cat.
  • Excursions
    Excursions operated by Aqua Cat for duration of trip.
  • Liveaboard Cabin
    Cabin selected based on occupancy and cabin availability.
  • Meals on Liveaboard
    All meals and snacks aboard the Aqua Cat.
  • Drinks
    Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic beverages aboard the Aqua Cat
  • Port Fee
    $240 port fee.
  • Shuttle Fee
    $41 roundtrip shuttle transfers to/from airport and marina.
  • Airfare
    Travel to/from Nassau, Bahamas is not included.
  • Meals on Land
    Any meals while not aboard the Aqua Cat are not included.
  • Tips
    Shuttle and Aqua Cat crew tips are not included.
  • Travel Health Visa
    Travel Health Visa issuance for entry into The Bahamas is not included..
  • Additional Land Tours
    Excursions or tours not specifically operated by Aqua Cat are not included.
  • Insurance
    Travel or dive accident insurance is not included.
  • COVID Testing
    COVID testing required for entry to The Bahamas is not included.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy-$3480
only 2 left

King Cabin - DOUBLE occupancy ocean view window cabin with 2 floor twin beds that may be converted to a King upon request.  Cabin #8.

Reflected price includes $240 port fee and $41 roundtrip airport/dock shuttle service.

Deposit: $500
Triple Occupancy-$3080
6 left

Deluxe Queen Cabin - TRIPLE occupancy ocean view cabin with 1 queen floor bed and 1 twin floor bed.  The window is by the queen bed only.  Cabins 9 & 10.

Reflected price includes $240 port fee and $41 roundtrip airport/dock shuttle service.

Deposit: $500
Quad Occupancy-$2880
only 1 left

Quad Cabin - QUADRUPLE occupancy ocean view window cabin with 2 twin floor beds and 2 pulldown twin beds.  Cabin #1

Reflected price includes $240 port fee and $41 roundtrip airport/dock shuttle service.

Deposit: $500


Day 1 - All Aboard
9 Sep, 2023 - Arrive at Bay Street Marina

Boarding begins Saturday at 6:00 pm from Bay Street Marina, Bahamas.  You will check in, enjoy dinner in the Aqua Cat's dining room, unpack your luggage, then join the whole group for ship orientation and a safety briefing with the dive crew.

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3 reviews
We are a dive shop that is PASSIONATE about scuba diving and passing the scuba 'bug' to others. Our goal is to develop divers that are mindful of the underwater environment while continuing to cultivate additional dive skills. Our dive shop is customer based in seeking to provide the most positive dive experience through training, as well as dive travel. FUN is at the center of our dive shop and may be easily seen in our amazing dive staff and the many positive customer reviews.


We had a great time, love this facility, good time to get back into the water. Look forward to next trip with Scuba Shack at Roatan. 5 star experience all the way. Extra Special Birthday cake for me was an unexpected bonus. Thank you Joanne and James H.
By Joanne H for Roatan Dive Trip 2021 on 29 Nov, 2021
The trip was very nice, even though, I had major dive issues (ears and equipment). Of the 15 dives, I only attempted 4 and was able to really enjoy 1. This is nothing against the the dive shop or SA Scuba... totally my fault for not being more prepared and having more dive experience. The accommodations were ok.. We requested a bottom floor room and it couldn't be accommodated... the floors and stairs were tile and that made it extremely unsafe when coming back from dives wet. The hotel staff and food/beverage team were EXCEPTIONAL! I am a very picky eater and I always found something to eat. Everyone was pleasant, attentive and just awesome to talk with every day. Brandon was super!!!! always looking out for us at every turn to ensure we were having a good time and staying safe but still having fun. My sister's reg was leaking and he gave her his spare... He kept in contact via text and made sure the group stayed on time for all dives and group dinners. I would definitely go on another trip with SA Scuba Shack. I would love to see the shop put together a trip to Bonaire as it was rated the #1 dive location by Scuba Diving magazine for best overall location for the Caribbean and Atlantic, macrolife, shore diving. beginner diving, photography, snorkeling and health of the marine environment... it was listed in the top 7 for big animals, wreck diving, wall diving, advanced diving and best value.
By Lisa K for Roatan Dive Trip 2021 on 27 Nov, 2021
Brandon from SA Scuba Shack was on point as the Dive Trip Leader! Any & every need/issue was dealt with quickly & professionally. The Crew of the M/V Fling was exceptional too! Made sure all dives were safe & fed us well! Great people, great dives, great service, and just an all around great experience! See y’all next time-Down Under! No Bubbles, No Troubles... JW DODD
By JW D for Dive Flower Garden Banks in September on 28 Sep, 2021
Thanks Jason! He is an excellent trip leader and the MV Fling is an excellent live aboard -which. is why we entrust our customers to both. We hope to see you again on another one of our trips! :)
By SA SCUBA SHACK on 28 Sep, 2021