Shared sunset towards the end of the trip with guests and crew ... laughs and stories all night long

Kevin Waite

Dive the Bahamas Aboard the Cat Ppalu

Dive Experiences

Our dive destination for the week is the Exuma Cays. When the weather cooperates, we sail (versus motor) to dive sites only accessible to liveaboards. As such, these remote locations are more pristine than most. Whether a seasoned diver or a novice, our staff strives to assure your dives meet your expectations. 

The Ultimate Liveboard

The Cat Ppalu offers a unique experience for families, friends and groups desiring a dive vacation. A side benefit for the adventure seeker is that Cat Ppalu provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy activities like snorkeling and paddle boarding as well as shore excursions. Explore local islands or relax and sunbathe on uninhabited islands.

Highlights

Starting from $1,695.00 per person
Full and half boat charters – $16,000.00

  • Departs Nassau (NAS) on Saturdays to the Exuma Cays
  • 6 nights all inclusive
  • Up to 19 dives
  • 6 double cabins with shared bath
  • Shore excursions included

While daytime diving in the Bahamas is a popular activity, nighttime dives are extra special. Some marine creations, like octopus, are active and visible only after dark.

Cat Ppalu guests can takes full advantage of our many dives options, including learning how to dive or advancing to a new level of certification. Many children follow in their parent’s flippers and learn to dive while on board.

  • Wrecks and reefs
  • Walls in less than 40 feet of water
  • Blue hole and drift dive
  • Diving courses
  • Open water certification

With Cat Ppalu we oftentimes have the ability – with advance notice – to customize your itinerary and activities. Dinner on an uninhabited island beach?

Dive Sites

  • Lost Blue Hole
  • Periwinkle Reef 
  • Amberjack Reef 
  • Austin Smith Wreck known for its Goliath Grouper
  • Cathedral 
  • Jeep Reef 
  • Pillar Wall 
  • Washing Machine, a popular drift dive 
  • Tail Wall 
  • Hole in the Wall
  • Jakes Hole 
  • Monolith

Eco Adventures

  • Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Saddleback Cay, Closeman Reef, Norman’s Plane Wreck
  • Meet and feed colorful indigenous iguanas
  • Master your SUPs skills (stand up paddleboarding)
  • Hike trails at Warderick Wells Park headquarters
  • Kayak near mangroves and beaches or in open waters
  • Explore uninhabited islands or comb the beach for shells
  • Meet native swimming pigs

Shark Diving

Our trips to the Exuma Cays allow Cat Ppalu divers the chance to check off a big item on their must-do list – to swim with the sharks.

The most common type of shark encountered on our dives are the Caribbean reef shark and the nurse shark which usually rests on the sandy bottoms. Underwater photographers can capture many close up images.

If  Cat Ppalu divers are lucky, the shark gods bestow appearances by hammerheads, lemon sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, whale sharks and the black nose shark.

The Vessel

Our 65-foot catamaran serves as your home base during your dive trip. Its sleek styling and 35-foot beam design allows us to maximize the space in guest cabins while giving you the chance to enjoy the magnificent Bahamian scenery topside.

Our low draft enables us to anchor close to uninhabited islands for further exploring and to enjoy our many water sports like snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding (SUP).

The Crew

Sit back and relax. Our captain and crew on onboard to handle the details while you’re on vacation. From meals to dive equipment to eco adventures, you’ll be in capable hands. Their job descriptions include making sure you have fun!

If you’re interested, they’ll be more than happy to show you the ropes from raising the main sail and to explaining how wind power works.

FAQs

You may board after 12:00pm on Saturday. We plan to shove off by 3:00pm at the latest to make the trip from Nassau to the Exumas during daylight hours. We can, of course, stay longer to accommodate later arrivals as this is a charter only vessel. Keep in mind that if it gets too late, then the captain may decide to leave early Sunday morning instead of Saturday afternoon for safety reasons.

The Cat Ppalu returns to Nassau Thursday afternoon, usually by 5:00pm at the latest. We still serve dinner and provide lodging at the dock. This is your night in port so that you can experience some of the local culture. All passengers must disembark Friday by 9:00am.

The Cat Ppalu docks at the Nassau Harbour Club Marina on East Bay Street, right across from the Starbucks. The ride is approximately 30-40 minutes from the airport to the dock. It is not that far but slow down, Mon! You are on island time now.  If you need ground transfers while in Nassau, we can assist. You can make the ground transfer arrangements online or call our office at least 7 days prior to your departure. The cost is $18.00 per person per leg. Taxis are readily available at the airport too.

If you do not have your own equipment, we have “top of the line” buoyancy compensators (BCs), wetsuits, computers, dive lights and regulators with octopus and gauges available for rent. All rentals must be arranged prior to departure and can be ordered on your Trip Application. Cyalumes can be purchased on board for $3.00 each for night dives.

Rental Rates

Regulator with octopus and gauges   $50.00
Buoyancy Compensator (BC)              $50.00
3mm wetsuit                                           $35.00
Dive computer                                        $50.00
Dive light                                                 $30.00

Yes, Caribbean reef sharks and nurse sharks frequent many of our sites. We normally offer 1 shark feed on each trip. This is the perfect time to see sharks up close and in action!

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