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The sailing Liveaboard charter yacht Cat Ppalu, offers scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and adventure cruises. Each week we set sail from Nassau to the Exuma Islands on the 65' sailing catamaran, Cat Ppalu. This is the ultimate escape aboard your own private yacht.
No crowds, no set itineraries, nothing to do but sit back, relax and choose from an incredible variety of activities: sailing, cruising, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, bird watching and of course, island exploring. Consider the Cat Ppalu a floating bed and breakfast; your private floating hotel, with captain and crew at your service. Our crewed charters handle all of the details. With an open bar and all beverages, meals, water sports and diving included in the price, it’s comparable to a luxury cruise or resort vacation, only the service is much more personal on our live aboard sailboat, the Cat Ppalu.
The Cat Ppalu can take you to scuba dive remote walls, wrecks, coral reefs and dive with sharks. You can snorkel most of the sites in the Exumas as well and enjoy the gin clear waters of the Central Bahamas.
• Spacious accommodations
• Meals (3/day plus snacks and fresh fruit)
• Drinks (beer, wine, rum)
• 3-4 dives/day
• Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Fishing, feed and swim with the pigs, Eco-adventures, and so much more!!
• Port Fee, Park Fee, and Fuel Surcharge
• Board at 12
• Check in, safety briefing, lunch and dinner
• Set sail approx.. 3pm
• Snorkel or dive 3 day dives and 1night dive
• Snorkel or dive 2-3 day dives
• Return to Nassau approx.. 4-5
• Dinner at dock
• Continental breakfast
• Disembark by 9am
What to bring:
• All your diving and snorkeling gear
(tanks, weights, weight belts provided)
• Motion sickness medication
• Towels (3 bath towels provided)
• Diver’s Certification Card
• Money (money for ashore, souvenirs, departure tax, and crew tips)
• Personal items all packed in soft luggage
Trip Cost: $1865
Cat Ppalu FAQ!
What should I bring?
You'll spend your days in bathing suits and casual wear, shorts or jeans, t-shirts and windbreaker. Bring a pair of deck shoes, sandals, suntan lotion (non-oil), and sunglasses. In winter a sweatshirt or sweater is advisable. We provide three towels. If you would like more towels or would like a beach towel, you should bring them with you.
What travel documents are needed?
All travelers to the Bahamas need a current passport. Be sure to book your air tickets with your name as it appears exactly on your passport. Check with the Bahamas Embassy for visa requirements if citizenship is not US by clicking on this link. Bahamas Entry Requirements.
***Latin American Citizens
VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS: Most visitors to The Bahamas do not need special vaccinations before entering the country. However, travelers over age one must provide a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CERTIFICATE, if they are coming from countries with the risk of infection such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. They must be vaccinated 10 days before entering The Bahamas. Information can be found on the following sites: www.bahamas.gov.bs, www.cdc.gov/travel.
What is the minimum age for passengers on board?
The Cat Ppalu is a full boat charter sailing catamaran so we don't have a minimum age. However, keep in mind that children on board should be water savvy so they can enjoy the trip too! Our crew is most gracious and good with all ages. They will not provide supervision or childcare/babysitting services at any time. All children under the age of 15 must be supervised by a parent or guardian at ALL times.
How do I get to the docks?
Taxis are readily available from the airport, or with prior arrangements our office can handle the transfers for you. The cost for one way in a taxi is approximately $35.00. Private transfer service can be arranged through our US reservations office 2 weeks prior to departure. The transfer rate is 15.00 each way per person. Cat Ppalu is docked at the Nassau Harbour Club on East Bay St across from the shopping center.
What time can we board?
On our 7-day trips you may board after 12:00 PM on Saturday. We like to set sail by 3 pm 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 sailboat. 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. We recommend flights that land no later than 1 pm to make the 3 pm departure.
What time do we get off the boat?
The Cat Ppalu returns to Nassau Thursday early evening. 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 9:00 AM.
What is our itinerary?
Your charter group will have a great time exploring the 365 mostly uninhabited islands of the Exumas with their many beautiful beaches. The exact itinerary will be determined by your group and the captain and will be subject to change depending upon the weather. In addition to scuba diving, you can spend time beachcombing, hiking, kayaking or photographing the many natural sights. The underwater window in cabin 6 always gives you a spectacular view of what's below. The Cat Ppalu will return to Nassau Thursday afternoon. In Nassau you can enjoy the shopping, casinos and night life of Nassau and Paradise Island.
What do I need to participate in the eco-adventures of the Exumas?
The Exuma Cays offers many opportunities to go ashore and explore and enjoy the uninhabited beaches. For these occasions, we highly recommend proper footwear for these eco adventures. Flip flops are not suitable. We suggest water shoes or TEVA type sandals. Sneakers are fine but they might get wet!.
Do we actually sail?
Yes, as often as the wind blows. The best time for sailing is from October to April. During the period from May to September there is normally very little wind. Passenger participation is welcomed by the crew or you may just lay back and relax in the sun.
What are the meals like?
We serve three meals a day, as well as snacks and fresh fruits. Fresh fish or lobster is also served, in season, when caught. Most meals served will be a combination of Bahamian and American cuisine. A selection of beverages is always on hand, from soft drinks and lemonade to beer, wine and rum drinks. Here is a sample menu!
Can I fish?
Yes, as long a you aren't in the Exumas Land & Sea Park. We furnish all of the fishing gear.
How much spending money do I need?
Spending money for an evening ashore (drinks, souvenirs) and crew gratuity (15% is customary in the liveaboard industry). The currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar, which is par with the US dollar. They are used inter-changeably. If you have US dollars, there is no need to change currency.
What is the recommended gratuity?
The liveaboard business is a service industry, and although the general public is seldom aware of it, gratuities are a major part of a crewmember s salary. Few other recreational activities rely so heavily upon the professionals in charge for your enjoyment and safety. Besides being at the mercy of Mother Nature, the quality of your experience is based on the people who provide it. The crewmembers are generally multi-talented and do several jobs on board. They oversee the diving, cook meals, wash dishes, clean heads and cabins, perform engineering duties, and navigate the seas. We strongly believe that gratuities should be voluntary and based upon the quality of the service the crew provides. A gratuity of 15% is customary, but many leave more when they feel the service was outstanding. If you are disappointed with the service, you should inform the Captain of your feelings and leave no more gratuity than you feel is right. The gratuity can be given to the Captain at the end of the week.
Can I snorkel?
Yes, anytime the boat is anchored. You need to bring mask, fins, snorkel and snorkel vest (not required but highly recommended). Snorkeling is not supervised.
What scuba diving equipment do I need to bring?
Certified scuba divers need snorkel, fins, mask, regulator, buoyancy compensator, u/w watch, depth gauge and for night dives a dive light and cyalume stick are required. We provide tanks, weights and weight belts. There is storage on deck for all gear and we have a hose to rinse cameras and regulators. Between fall and spring, a wetsuit is recommended. Check out our equipment checklist!
Do I need a wetsuit?
Between fall and spring, a wetsuit is recommended. The chart below will give you a general idea of the water temperatures and what weight wetsuit you will need. When deciding what to bring, consider that you will be diving a lot each day and it takes your body a while to warm up after a dive. Air temperature, the wind and whether it is sunny all affect how fast your body warms back up after a dive. What each person needs is an individual choice. Some wear a full suit in the summer and some dive with a shorty in the winter.
Average Temperatures Water
January-February 72-75f/22-24c72-80f/22-27cFull Wetsuit-6mm or thicker
March73-77f/23-25c72-85f/22-29cFull Wetsuit-6mm or thicker
April75-79f/24-26c76-90f24-32cShorty or Full Wetsuit
May77-80f/25-27c80-90f/27-32cSkin or Shorty
July-Sept83-87f / 28-30c80-90f/27-32cNone required
October79-82f/26-28c76-90f/24-32cSkin or Shorty
November77-80f/25-27c72-85f/22-29cShorty or Full Wetsuit
December75-78f/24-26c72-85f/22-29cFull Wetsuit-6mm or thicker
How many dives per day?
Depending on arrival time, you will normally dive once on Saturday and 4 dives per day Sunday through Wednesday, including night dives and 3 dives on Thursday as long as weather is not a factor.
Will I see sharks?
We do see sharks on many of our scuba diving and snorkel sights. Typically, we see Caribbean Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks. Some sites are frequented by greater numbers of sharks while others are less populated by sharks.
Do you do wreck dives?
We have only one wreck dive in the Exumas. Here's a map of our dive sites with descriptions!
Do you have a DVD player?
Yes, we have a DVD player. We have some movies, but feel free to bring yours. We also have a stereo system and CD player.
Is electricity available?
We have regular 110 volt household current.
What if I need to be contacted in an emergency?
If someone needs to get in contact with you due to a true emergency, they should contact our US reservations office and we will relay the message. This should only be done if it is a real emergency. The boat is then contacted via cell phone if they are in range of the cell tower or they are radioed via a Bahamian dock and then they must return to cell range to make a phone call. The calling areas of the remote out islands of the Bahamas are extremely limited.
Do we spend a night in port?
We do return to Nassau Thursday afternoon so that our guests may enjoy an evening ashore. Nassau has much to offer, with dining, entertainment, casinos and shopping all within a short distance. There aren t any ports in the Northern Exumas, just quiet uninhabited beaches and gorgeous sunsets.