Aqua Cat, Bahamas

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Highlights

  • Luxury catamaran offering year-round diving in the Bahamas
  • Spacious cabins with sea views
  • Dive with sharks in the Exuma Cays

The 102ft Aqua Cat Liveaboard caters for up to 30 guests to offer luxury liveaboard diving in the Exuma Cays, Bahamas. Built for a smooth ride, the Aqua Cat Catamaran has 11 large cabins, each with individually controlled AC, a private bathroom with shower and oversized beds for extra comfort. Twin Cabins have fold-down bunks which can be configured for up to 4 guests, making it perfect for a family or friends. Dining aboard Aqua Cat takes place in the spacious restaurant, where a variety of meals are served with a choice of main entrees. Special dietary menus, such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten free can be accommodated with prior request. Social areas aboard the Aqua Cat include the large salon area with entertainment system and video editing area, the Alfresco deck with hammocks and BBQ, and the sun deck which is the perfect place to catch some rays in between dives or to enjoy a Rum Punch at the end of the day.

Aqua Cat itineraries explore the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas with a choice of over 200 dive sites, most of which can only be reached by dive liveaboard. There are also multiple shore excursions offered daily for non-divers or those wishing to take a break. The spacious dive deck at the back of the boat is fully equipped with bathrooms & showers, rinse tanks, dive ladders and camera storage, setup area and charging station and nitrox is available for those certified.

Call us or reserve online today to start your dive adventure aboard the Aqua Cat liveaboard.


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Included: VAT, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Extra Dives, Fishing, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Wakeboarding, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Dive Insurance, Travel Insurance, Port Fees (235 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (18 USD per activity), Hotel Transfer (18 USD), Local Flights, Nitrox, Nitrox Course (150 USD per activity), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (125-300 USD per trip), Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.


Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2001
  • Year renovated 2015
  • Length 102ft
  • Beam 35 ft
  • Top speed 14 knts
  • Cruising speed 14knots
  • Engines 2 Caterpillar 3406E
  • Max guests 30
  • Number of cabins 11
  • Number of bathrooms 13
  • Tenders 28' jet drive launch & 2 12' inflatables with 15hp
  • Water capacity 800 gals
  • Fuel capacity 7000 gal
  • Freshwater maker 4800 gal/day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Aqua Cat Reviews

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 51 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    9.2
  2. Crew
    9.5
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    9.2
  5. Value
    9.1
  • 10 Exceptional
  • James H
  • United States United States
Best liveaboard experience so far. I have been on about 4 other liveaboards.

Iron diver award for myself and wife. Hawksbill turtle that was like a pet with great photos from Virginia. Virginia was a fantastic photographer. We told her up front that we were buying the photos. This is the first trip I did not bring an underwater camera (900 dives) because I wanted lots of photos of my wife and I. The photos that were extra were just full of great photos of us. A special thanks to her.

Recommended for
Dining/briefing room. Crew. Cabins.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Susannah G
  • United States United States
Best dive trip EVER!

This was one of the best experiences our family has ever had. The crew was amazingly friendly and knowledgeable. The boat was spotless, service was impeccable, food was over the top and the diving was great. Really cannot complain about anything. 4-5 dives a day offered, the BEST divemasters that took great care of everyone. Had tons of knowledge of all the dive spots. The meals were gourmet. We had a fun international group of divers that have become friends, sharing a common passion of diving. Well worth every penny spent. Would highly recommend the Aquacat if you're looking for a diving adventure like none other!

Recommended for
The Crew, The Food and the diving
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Marketa L
  • United States United States
Expensive indulgence but worth it.

Being under water: observing critters, washing mashine drift dive, The trip was just the right mixture of luxury and no nonsense that I like. Kudos to you for allowing anonfor profit resercher (Nikita) to use your boat to get to her research sites. That is a tremendous reccomendation and I will mention it when I review you on trip advisor.

Recommended for
diving, hot waterin the face as I climbed onto the boat. Friendliness of all crew,
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marketa L
  • United States United States
Expensive indulgence but worth it.

Being under water: observing critters, washing mashine drift dive, TRGe trip was just the right mixture of luxury and no nonsense that I like.

Recommended for
diving, hot waterin the face as I climbed onto the boat. Friendliness of all crew,
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Bridget W
  • United States United States
Amazing

Drift dives, the sharks, turtles, great staff

Recommended for
Friendly staff, number of dives, varied location
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Harvey C
  • United States United States
Luxury liveaboard diving

In the lull following the winter holidays, with the added effects of the U.S. partial govt shutdown, there were only 17 guests on-board a boat that accommodates 29. So there was lots of extra space to spread out on the dive deck, and I had a solo cabin. I've been on the Aquacat before when it was fully booked, and it was just fine, but going during a slack period is even better if you can manage it. The captain did a great job of selecting dives sites where current and other conditions were excellent. A second shark feed-- staged on the Austin Smith wreck-- was particularly enjoyable. The cabins, public spaces, dive deck, and equipment were all in great condition. Food, as always, was superb, and the chef did an outstanding job of catering to special dietary restrictions. Camera working and charging facilities on the dive deck were very good. One of the joys of liveaboard travel is getting to know interesting folks from around the world, and this trip did not disappoint. There were people from Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Peru, Canada, and U.S., including a best-selling author and a student of marine biology who teaches juggling and tightrope-walking at circus camp.

Recommended for
Light passenger load, stellar crew service, good dive conditions
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jeffery C
  • United States United States
One of the best Dive trips

The crew of the Aqua Cat are outstanding. My wife and I book the Aqua Cat to celebrate my 40th birthday. From the moment we arrived on the Aqua Cat the crew treated us like extremely well. We had 5 dives a day one being a night dive, my wife had health issues and was in able to dive very much and crew made arrangements for here to visit beaches, go snorkeling even did a sunset cruise in the Seadog. Jill and Oli got some of the most amazing pictures and video. Scott and Jason are awesome DM's I really enjoyed diving with them on the drift and night dives. Chef Kelly and Yari always had a great meals and snacks ready for us. Karina took out standing care of our state room. Captain Manny and Captain Des always on had to make sure we had everything we need or wanted. The crew of the Aqua Cat are out standing. This was my first experience with a live aboard, and thanks to the crew of the Aqua Cat I'm already looking forward to my next trip with them.

Recommended for
The crew, The food, The variety of dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Rob R
  • United States United States
Incredible trip on Aqua Cat with a fantastic crew!

Spotted eels and loggerhead turtles were definitely some of the aquatic highlights. The Captain did a great job getting us to a variety of dive sites working around some challenging weather. This was my second trip to Exumas and my wife’s first liveaboard dive trip. There was plenty of new stuff for me to see, and the crew was phenomenal in making sure she was comfortable and ready for all the dives.

Recommended for
Comfort of the boat; Friendliness of the crew; Variety of dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kevin M
  • United States United States
Awesome Trip and Fantastic Crew

We had an amazing experience, the weather didn't cooperate but Captain Manny did a wonderful job of keeping us safe and in locations where we could still dive. We can't wait to come back!

Recommended for
Diving, Crew and Food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Russell B
  • United States United States
Made 18 of the 25 Dives

Documented a dive depth of 84 feet in open water, and had not been more than 70 feet in open water, more sharks and Rays than I had ever seen before, and I like the wrecks.

Recommended for
Crew and Dive Masters were great, food was good, dive sights were good.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Andy G
  • United States United States
Great experience, great dives, great service

The shark feed off the wreck with the “chumsicle”

Recommended for
Food, diving & crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Gary V
  • United States United States
Cabin was terrible (cabin 11) but crew, diving and food was wonderful.

The following dives: washing machine and blue hole. The crew: I was very well treated by the crew. I needed special care and it was provided with a spirit of a being natural part of the job. I can not adequately express the praise I have for captain Manny and the crew. I am extremely grateful for the way I was treated. The food was unexpectedly great--produced with great selection and care.

Recommended for
crew, diving and food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Linna L
  • United States United States
So much fun!

Washing Machine drift dive, deep walls & swim throughs, & people I met on the boat.

Recommended for
Crew especially Jen was top notch, food was incredible, and everyone was so much fun!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • William L
  • United States United States
Great Trip

Getting to the best dive sites was challenging due to the wind but Captain Manny and his crew made sure we hit every dive despite the challenge even when it meant staying up all night to put us in the best possible position. The corals were the best in the park. The experience of literally diving into a bunch of sharks was thrilling to say the least

Recommended for
Crew, Food, Company
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Greg S
  • United States United States
Nicest live aboard I’ve been on by far!!!!!

Great dive sites Awesome shore excursions The staff where soo fun to be around, kind and very attentive!!!!!

Recommended for
The staff, the boat, the food!!!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Richard W
  • United States United States
The most AWESOME experience i have ever had with clothes on.

Shark feed

Recommended for
the diving, the food,the crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Alberto L
  • United States United States
Exactly how a diveboat should be

We were blessed with perfect conditions with a wonderful crew and really nice dive sites who says the Bahamas has been fished out ,Abaco is truly amazing. gotta love the sharks

Recommended for
Great boat, great crew,great dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jacob A
  • United States United States
Fantastic Diving

Sharks!!!

Recommended for
Dive Guides, Sharks, number of dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marc Z
  • United States United States
Fabulous crew & easy boat to dive on.

Feeling a sense of normalcy after14 months of COVID. Crew was very attentive, polite, caring & FUN! Loved the washing machine. Sharks, sharks & more sharks. Beautiful sponges, pristine soft corals. I highly recommend Aqua Cat.

Recommended for
Crew, food, dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • John C
  • United States United States
Amazing Trip with Staff, Accommodations and Food

Amazing Dive Sites -Knowledgeable staff

Recommended for
Staff, Food, Accommodations
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Brian A
  • United States United States
Best liveaboard in the Caribean!

EVERYTHING! Great trip, 3rd time on this boat, hope to grt back soon!

Recommended for
Dive crew very friendly! Easy diving! Food is fantastic!
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Bruce S
  • United States United States
Nice amenities

Drift diving and shark diving

Recommended for
Accomodations, diving experience, and shark sightings
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Daniella C
  • United States United States
Unforgettable

swimming with so many sharks, seeing the most beautiful blue waters, awesome crew. Everyone was great!

Recommended for
crew, food, dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Stefanie D
  • United States United States
Fantastic experience!

The opportunity to go off grid for a week.

Recommended for
The ease of diving, the crew, the company
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Angela H
  • United States United States
Amazing vacation for anyone that wants to dive while meeting wonderful new people.

The dive masters made every dive feel safe and fun. I was comfortable trying new things. As far as sea life goes, the Caribbean reef sharks were beautiful and the coral better than expected.

Recommended for
The staff worked hard to make sure we all had a great experience. The atmosphere was fun and casual. I felt very safe.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Patrick S
  • United States United States
Great trip

Weather was against us but the crew went above and beyond to try and make the guest as comfortable as possible.

Recommended for
Crew, food, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ross M
  • United States United States
A wonderful experience. Great crew & activities. More diving offered then most people can handle.

From the captain on down to the wait staff, engineer & dive masters this boat exudes a culture of customer care. My dietary needs were changed at the last minute and the chef rose to the challenge to make sure that I was accommodated despite short notice. The captain was extremely hands on and spent time caring for & getting to know every guest. The dive masters are world class divers & instructors. They were extremely helpful & very safety oriented while still allowing more experienced divers the opportunity to do their own thing. All this at a reasonable price with easy accessibility makes for a must do dive vacation.

Recommended for
The pace of the adventure. Various activities offered.Snorkeling. Attention to detail by the entire crew.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Christina M
  • United States United States
A truly wonderful time!

This trip gave us the opportunity to hand over our stress and decompress. The diving was beautiful and every need we had was taken care of.

Recommended for
First and foremost was the amazing crew. Without that, there would be nothing left to review. They went above and beyond to make sure all of the passengers had everything they needed and really cared about us having a great experience. The food was outstanding and a very comfortable boat to be on.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael P
  • United States United States
Amazing Adventure

The entire trip was a highlight. Every experience, whether top side or underwater was first rate. The crew made everything from diving to dining enjoyable and something to look forward to. The boat is stable, comfortable and expertly handled. Hats off to the best damn crew and boat I've had the pleasure to sail with.

Recommended for
Incredible crew, awesome dive experience, boat and food are top notch
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Peter L
  • United States United States
Our experience aboard the Aqua Cat was top notch and we can’t wait to book our next trip!

The crew was attentive and fun, the boat was spacious and clean, and the food was delicious and abundant. The dive deck was well organized, you set up your gear one time and they simply refill your tank between dives. We also had a special visit from a large whale shark at the back of the boat!

Recommended for
Crew attentiveness, FOOD, and full service diving!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Stephen S
  • United States United States
Everything was wonderful

The weather, and the ability of the captain and crew to put us on dive sites with ideal conditions and find the wildlife we wanted to see.

Recommended for
Diving quality and quantity, food, convenience of boat configuration
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Rick B
  • United States United States
Aqua Cat Exceeded my Expectations.

Perhaps the best food that I have had up to this point on a Liveaboard. I gained 5 pounds. The entire Staff is professional, accommodating, and very hard working. The Captain chose some very cool, off the grid dive sites. The boat is very comfortable.

Recommended for
The Staff. The food. The Diving.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Matthew M
  • United States United States
The crew goes above and beyond to ensure all have a great trip.

From the moment you get on Aqua Cat until you get off the crew ensures everyone is safe and has a great time. The service from the dive deck to the galley, to pointing out the best parts of a dive site were endless.

Recommended for
Crew, Food, did I mention crew?
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Vinicius S
  • Brazil Brazil
Great diving experience in the Exumas!

Making new friends and dive in great dive sites with them were the greatest highlights. Also got to see my first ever Great Hammerhead in a dive site called Goombay Reef, wich was a major plus.

Recommended for
Crew, boat and making new friends.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Angela W
  • China China
Awesome trip

We did a lot of (24, which could be as max as 26) dives within 5 and half days!

Recommended for
Great crew, spacious cabin, various food (different everyday)
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ovid M
  • Canada Canada
Great diving in a relaxed environment

The Aquacat is a well ran boat with a knowledgeable crew. Captain Ron was in command and his overall knowledge of the Bahamian Islands chains allowed for seven days of rain free diving. Prepare to be spoiled when it comes to being fed onboard as Chef Kelly planned and prepared seven days of succulent feasting. The Aquacat is well maintained and although it is not super fancy it does have everything you need to be safe and comfortable during a week of exciting dives including an organized shark feeding session. Having a fantastic reverse osmosis water purification system spoils you with not only a great source of drinking water, but better yet hot showers in the cool Bahamian spring weather! Overall the boat is ran by a professional company that has the logistic knowledge to deal with most situations. I highly recommend the Aquacat as is every bit as enjoyable as the reviews I had read when researching this vacation.

Recommended for
The boat, crew, great dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Simon H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Well organised with customer comfort and diving as the top priority - there could be nothing more the team could do to make this trip a first class experience!

First class diving - safe and plenty of it. Well managed, no fuss dive deck. No pressure - total freedom and quiet spaces.

Recommended for
Captain Ron's genuine concern for his clients. Excellent cuisine. Comfort and space in the public areas.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Fernando C
  • Spain Spain
semana relax y buceo

enorme eagle spotted ray

Recommended for
enorme eagle spotted ray, meros y shark feed
  • 7.2 Good
  • Júlio K
  • Brazil Brazil
Was a good experience. But the dives were so shallow.

Sharks Blue hole Washing machine The pressure to the capitan about the tips was compelling.

Recommended for
Cabin food and structure
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Franck D
  • France France
one french diver in the middle of sharks and us customers

sharks and gruppers feeding beautiful soft corals barracudas and turtles

Recommended for
confort of the boat, excellent team, nice divers
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Cindy F
  • Mauritania Mauritania
Awesome trip ever.

Nice people and solo trip doesn’t feel bored at all!

Recommended for
Dives, crews and food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Kasper H
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great service and professionalisim, many poor diving sites.

Shark Feeding & Drift Diving & Iguana Feeding were the highlights of our trip. The crew is very professional and friendly, well deserved 5 stars. No negative point against them. Nevertheless, many diving spots & excursions were just waste of time and energy. This was also the feedback when chatting with most divers on board. It could be argued that the weather did not help but the boat was barely moving from a diving site to another. Hence, for us, we liked the experience & service offered (including food); but 3/5 value of money rating due to the poor diving sites & excursions; especially when flying long way from Switzerland and spending a lot of money on such a trip with high expectations.

Recommended for
Service, Professionalisim, Diving Board
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yannig W
  • France France
Outstanding trip and staff

The Coral split reef dive and the drift dives. Diving through reef sharks and nurses sharks. The staff was really helpful, everything was very well organized. The review of pictures and videos at the end with the photo contest. The pigs swimming. The room was cleaned everyday. The food was very good. Everything!!!!

Recommended for
The staff - the atmosphere - the sharks
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jan P
  • Belgium Belgium
Best live aboard I ever got.

One thing I like to change. Breakfast after the first dive (07:15 in het water). Nightdive before diner

Recommended for
Very nice boat, friendly crew and captain, lots of hot water
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Corey M
  • Canada Canada
And amazing experience.

Forgetting about Covid for a week.

Recommended for
Dives,crew, excursions
  • 9.2 Superb
  • James B
  • Canada Canada
Excellent Captain and crew wer top notch

Last night dive, photo opportunities. Need to fix the beer and pop dispenser. It was mostly foam and flat when you finally got a full glass

Recommended for
Staff, diving, boat layout
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Claire H
  • Canada Canada
So much fun!

The diving was some of the best in the world. The crew was always so helpful and knowledgeable. The captain and maintenance crew really did a great job driving around. Overall it was a great live aboard!

Recommended for
The food was amazing and they had no problems tailoring to my special diet. The cabin beds are so comfy and there is a decent amount of space considering it's a boat.
Origin: US