Scuba Diving Trip Reports.
Scuba Dive Trips and liveaboard trips
in the Bahamas
Below are some excerpts from our Visitor's Log. We hope that this will give you a glimpse of the magic that they have witnessed, experienced, and made while on their scuba trips and to meet the dolphins in the wild.
This was our first live aboard vacation, our first shark dive, our first time swimming with the dolphins, and all exceeded our expectations! We have been to several dive resorts all around the Carribean, and this was the best dive experience by far. We saw more flora and fauna on the reef dives than ever before. The healthy reefs were impressive! The crew was extremely attentive to all our needs. Captain Scott shared his knowledge of marine life, the dolphins in particular. We would highly recommend vacationing aboard the Dolphin Dream for your next dive excursion! The Flying RaisinsTour (Kathy and Devin Cooper, Jim and Diana Finewood, Mark and Diane Greco, Ken and Joanne Bowen) April 2009
Captain Scott is my new favorite person for the simple reason that he facilitated such an amazing experience for me: diving with dolphins at night. This trip has been one sensational dive after another, from beautiful coral reefs to tiger and hammerhead sharks to the dolphins -- each a more incredible dive than the one before. If you are looking for the experience of a lifetime, Captain Scott, his crew and the Dolphin Dream will certainly deliver. Amanda Cotton March 2009
We loved our dive vacation with the Dolphin Dream! Every dive was a great dive. Captain and crew were very knowledgable and fun. Unlike a shore-based vacation, we were able to dive the very best dive locations with minimal effort. The food and service aboard was fantastic. Each dive provided a variety of sea life: sharks, dolphins, lion fish, etc. A vacation with the Dolphin Dream leaves the cattle boats and crowds behind. Go where the land-based can't. We hope to vacation with the Dolphin Dream again very soon! L. Roundy 3/2009
What more could a diver ask? Each one of us is driven by some inner search; a drive to find or experience something new. For me, after over 250 hrs of my life underwater I wanted to experience first hand encounters with both sharks and dolphins. Captain Scott and crew enabled me to reach a personal quest: to swim among animals eons old in a setting so perfectly beautiful. For my week aboard the Dolphin Dream I saw no land - another amazing event in itself - but then there was the dolphin night dive backdroped by a full moon and a clear starlit sky. The two hours swimming with the dolphins that evening was pure magic. The reef dives where beautiful yet the lack of moored sites did give me concern for the sites we visited. The shark dives were thrilling, no hand feeding like other ops in the Bahamas, just chumming from the boat. In 20' of water under a noon day sun, the sharks were just gorgeous. The boat is stable albeit a little old and could benefit from some paint and new rinse tubs - particularly a dedicated camera tank and table. Also, the boat is probably not the right fit for guests expecting pampering although the crew is more than accommodating, helpful and really fun. However, for dive-centric souls like me, these concerns are obviously not top priority when I book my dive vacation. There is AC throughout the boat, a large dive deck, large upper sundeck and a bow to watch the azure sea satisfied my "pampering" needs. The quarters were clean and private and the food was excellant. Practically everyday we had fresh Yellowtail snapper, oftentimes prepared Sashimi style minutes out of the ocean. Something I never had before on other liveaboards, although fresh caught fish seems to me to be an obvious item on the dinner menu for boats at sea. Lastly, when it comes down to "was the trip good or worthwhile?" I say yes. It's the people one meets on these one week trips out to sea that cements a memory of "yes, it was indeed good!" I've dove several other liveaboards throughout the Carribean and this week's "Best of It All Dive Week" is now tops in my log book basically for the itinerary and experiences I mention which other companies can't provide or say they do but don't come through. I'll be back, no question about it. B. Whitney, aka "Nvert" 3/2009
This was our first liveaboard experience, so we don't have a benchmark comparison. The positives: 1. A great itinerary at a bargain price. We were on the Dive trip as opposed to the Shark Dive or Dolphin Snorkel trips, so we experienced a combination of them all: reefs, sharks and dolphins, all in the same week. If you've never dove with sharks or snorkeled with dolphins, you can't imagine what you are missing! 2. A great and very accommodating crew. All you had to do was wake up, eat, and show up at the dive platform. Crew to passenger ratio was 4:9 - very high! 3. Great food. Three hot and plentiful meals per day. Snacks, sodas, coffee, tea and beer were all complimentry. Fish caught during the trip were prepared fresh each day. 4. Bunks and sleeping accommodations were adequate. Excellent ventilation in the "shrimp hold". 5. Unlimited fresh water was available (although we were asked not to waste). Post dives, there was a hot water shower available right next to the dive platform and plenty of hot water for regular showers. 6. The Dolphin Dream, a former shrimp boat, is very stable. The four deck levels made it possible to get away and be by yourself, if that's what you wanted. The negatives: 1. Don't expect anyone to make your bed or clean your room during the week you're onboard. 2. Don't look in the microwave. 3. The Captain is more respectful of the sharks and dolphins than of coral. In his defense, it's tough finding a parking spot over some of the beautiful reefs. All in all, we had a great time and if the opportunity presents itself in the future, we'll be back. L.G. & Chris.
So what can you say after a week on the Dolphin Dream? How can words possibly convey the full texture and fibre of such an other-worldly experience? If you are after the 'real deal', not cattle dive boat schlock, then this is the place for you. Actually, even if you ARE after the cattle dive boat schlock, this is the place for you....because THIS is what's it all about. This is, literally, what dreams are made of. And every diver on the planet needs to experience this at least once in their lifetime. What you get here, with Captain Scott, Mates Mike, Conner and Travis, and Dive Boat Chef par excellence Gayle, is literally beyond compare for people who love what we love...and you know who we are. You've read about the reefs and the sharks and the dolphins and the sea life and the food and the bunks and the bathrooms and the camera tub....but, not to diminish any of those, and rather to amplify all of that: this is about a state of mind. And in our experience, people (aka 'staff") who love what they do, day after day, are the ones who love to deliver what WE love, day after day. These people are dreamweavers. So if you want to dream away your days and nights on this earth's incomparable oceans, these are the people and the boat to do it with......Dee McHenry and David Ulloa
Dear friends - divers, we have had unbelievable scuba diving week on the boat "Dolphin Dream", and we want to share our experience. Captain Scott with his excellent staff have prepared for us a full week of beatiful diving moments. Everything has been perfectly organized. The boat, which is very well equiped and full of relax, left West Palm Beach and we have had a very good time. Everything had functioned well, and the staff knew what to do at evry moment. We have experienced beatiful diving in the bahamian watters with the sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, skates, and the sea fauna, which was introduced to us in the beuatiful colors. The experienced captain has alwayes led us to the exact diving place,. and his briefings have been very precise and to the point, which has nade it very easy for us. Captain's helpers - Mike, Travis, and Connors have perfectly taken care of us before and after each dive - simply they are professionals. Mike has followed us under water with his camera and has nade gorgeus pictures and video for us, which will be our memories of this week. We also have to highly appreciate the cooking art of our cook Gale who has prepared unbeliavable dishes for us several times a day. We thank her for that.
Our diving group from the Czech Republic has had an opportunity to dive in many corners of the globe, and we can comp;are the quality of service on the "Dolphins Dream" with other boats. The "Dolphins Dream" team tops it all, the staff has great sense of humor - and mainly - they are professionals. We highly recommend diving with this boat to other scuba divers - the Czech divers Pepa, Ria, Zdenek, Lee, Ivo, Zuzana. May 28 2009
Dear Captain - thank you for everthing, and we are looking for spending with you many more divings. With greetings - good dive!!
July 30 2009
We've been on Dive Boats and Dolphin trips for years and this is by far the best boat out there! Captain Scott knows the area, is extraordinarily competent and the crew is very attentive. The boat is very stable, solid and comfortable; our home away from home. And the dolphins....wow. and wow again. photo ops everywhere! We'll be regulars!
Ken and Jeanette Arnold, Kingston, WA, USA
This is the best trip ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever x infinity!!
Misuzu Toyama, San Francisco, CA
what to say... i have been fortunate enough to be on this boat as well as the old boat around 8 or 9 times !!!! i guess that says it all !!!! you guys are the best !!!! i will be back soon. lots of love !!!!
deanna katz, los angeles, CA =)
Phenomenal dolphin experiences and genuinely wonderful crew! Thanks for a spectacular week!!
Grace Zorn-Toburen, Philadelphia, PA
This is our first trip to the Bahamas & it is on our honeymoon. We've enjoyed the trip with you. We are very happy to have met the crew, the other guests & of course........the Dolphins!!! Thank you very much for your hospitality. We want to come here again!!
Morifumi Miyazato & Ikumi Miyazato,Okinawa,JAPAN
Dear Scotty, Travis, Connor, Gale & Lib,
Thank you so much for everything. After 12 years on your Dream Too, again great trips and stellar crew! See you again soon.
Stephen Wong & Takako Uno (Hong Kong & Japan) www.stephenwong.com & www.takakouno.com
Dear Scott, Travis, Conner and Lib,
the first time I stayed in America and Grand Bahamas.
Thank you very much for alls - this trip was very great and made me very happy. And the dolphins were sooooooo bautiful like a dream .....
on the day and in the night. The first time in my live been the situation to touched a dolphin and it came again and want that I touched him once more.
I want to come back here again.
Sabine Schoenwald, Bonn, Germany , sunlight-2007 & web.de
May 28 2009
My wife and I just got back from the Dream Team experience, after reading the web site I had some expectations about what I would see. We both have encountered dolphins in a enclosed tank, and were trained to perform for the public. But the dolphin dream team out of west palm beach Florida was so well organized and exceeded all our expectations . We had encounters with dolphins every day. Multiple encounters with 3 to 18 dolphins . They also included the night dive which was a real treat. Bright lights brought up squid and flying fish which attracted the dolphins. For me personally the climax was when a dolphin swam around me in circles and let me touch him multiple times. This was a life changing experience for me , there is a connection between man and dolphin that is somehow innate in both our species.
John Tanner RPh. and Marty Lewis RPh.
Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A photographers dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After hearing a friend share her experiences on the Dolphin Dream every year for the past 9 years, I surrendered to the promise of an incredible Summer vacation unmatched by anything I've ever done in the past. That promise was kept. I have done many fun and exciting things in my 67 years, from Whitewater rafting to skydiving; none have touched my soul in the way this experience has. Lifelong memories were created in one week of continuous awakings of my heart and mind. I will only regret having waited 9 years to experience this adventure. I will certainly be returning for more "Dreaming".
Manuel Orosco <manuel@SRPrint.com>
Words are not really adequate in describing what happens on this trip. Scott Smith and crew are outstanding in finding the dolphins, helping you in and out of the water, free diving with the dolphins and showing us how to interact. To have a dolphin look you in the eye, swim with you in circles, come up close within centimeters, and every now and then allow you to touch them, is beyond my ability to translate. You will need to book a trip on the dolphin dream for the most amazing interaction with dolphins in their own environment. The boat rides great in rough weather, we had a storm one night with 60 mile an hour winds that I slept through and couldn't believe that we had been in a big storm. The food was great and we were all very well fed thanks to Gail. Connor and Travis were patient and gracious helping us in and out of the water, free diving down to get the dolphins attention, keeping the boat clean, and the fridge well stocked. I have been to all inclusives that do not even come close to comparison for the soul touching experience you will have being with dolphins every day and in our case three nights. I will be back next year, and will be trying to get all my friends to come along with me.
Lydia Kennedy firstname.lastname@example.org
June 25, 2009
Dolphin adventures with Captain Scott and the "Dolphin Dream" have become an annual part of my life for the last 9 years--and this, my 10th year, has not dimmed with time or failed to meet my expectations. Wild dolphins circle me in the water with continuous eye contact and dolphin chatter. And on a truly magical day, a dolphin with that special connection may invite me to touch or even stroke him. Night snorkels capture intensity and excitement as the wild dolphins leap and dive and "zing" and "zang" to hunt for flying fish and squid. What a unique and wondrous experience! Something that I've shared with family and friends. If life gets me down, or I'm just having a difficult day, I can always recall these incredible moments to bring a smile to my face. Boat is safe and comfortable; crew experienced, friendly, and capable; and the food is great! Next summer will bring another "wild dolphin adventure".
Gloria Naisbitt email@example.com
Apr 17 to 23 2010
This has been my 4th trip out to Tiger Beach on the Dolphin Dream. The crew are wonderful! I have NEVER had a bad experience at all. Gale is a wonderful cook and the meals she makes on board are amazing, especially considering the space she has to work in. Mike is awesome with his help with diving gear and photography tips. Travis is always there to help. I can't say enough good things about them. Each year I come back and it's like meeting old friends again. Captain Scott is a wealth of knowledge on dolphins and you can tell he truly loves them. I highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to swim with sharks or dolphins. The boat is very comfortable and stable greatly reducing the risk of sea sickness. If you have the chance, go for it, you will not regret it.
Carol Schoelch, St. Louis, MO
This was my first time out to Tiger Beach and I couldn't have asked for a better group and crew. The Dolphin Dream is a fantastic boat. It is the perfect live-aboard! Everyone aboard the Dolphin Dream are friendly, very helpful, and fun to be around. I am looking forward to coming back to swim with the dolphins!
Trisha Stovel, Vancouver, BC
I had found this on the internet and was interested in the phhot workshop at Tiger Beach that I had found. I was not sure about what boat I would be taking but it had m attention regardless. Now having been on the trip,I would love to come back aboard again for a trip to see dolphins or sharks. The crew was great with everything that the boat had to offer,and it often was able to allow my trip mates to gain signifigant knowledge. I will be on another trip onthis boat at some time in the future, and this is what I will tell everyone I know that loves doing things like this.
Marc Gersh, Millburn, NJ
I've been on quite a few liveaboads now, but I've never found with better food or friendlier, more-knowledgeable staff than the Dolphin Dream. They made my trip 10x times easier than it should have been, and just as fun. I'm sad I'm leaving and looking foward to coming back.
Jeff Pecaro, Washington DC
My first trip to Tiger Beach and not my last, thanks for being a great crew, and a laid back crew at that! Awesome boat, food, good crowd. The trip delivered in the shark department big time, sweeeeet, also thanks for letting me sit under the boat during the wrangling!!, its all about the action, up close, bring it on!!...see you again for sure
Simon Ager, North Vancouver, BC
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