All Star Cat Ppalu
Leisurely and luxurious chartered liveaboard adventures in the Exumas, perfect for family and friends
- Benefit from over 40-years of experience diving in the Bahamas
- Take a dip with the Exumas’ famous swimming pigs
- Visit some of the most remote and pristine dive sites in the Caribbean
- Plenty to keep non-divers occupied with watersports and daily excursions
Cat Ppalu is a stylish modern catamaran offering chartered liveaboard adventures in the idyllic Exuma Cays. Popular with families and small groups, Cat Ppalu was designed to provide a blend of social and private spaces, along with a laid-back yet luxurious atmosphere. With a dedicated captain and crew at your service, Cat Ppalu allows you to choose what you want from your trip, offering a wide range of activities to suit all preferences. So sit back and relax and let the crew handle the details of your Bahamas dive vacation, from meals and equipment to eco adventures - and up to 19 dives on some of the Caribbean’s most pristine sites.
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Cat Ppalu is a 20-metre sailing catamaran, offering leisurely six-night liveaboard adventures in paradise. Popular with families and small groups, this vessel will become your very own floating hotel with a captain and crew at your constant service. Each week, this Cat Ppalu sets sail from Nassau to the Exuma Islands in search of some of the Caribbean’s best scuba diving, including pristine walls, vibrant reefs, exciting drifts, and blue holes. As well as diving, guests can make the most of the gin-clear waters of the central Bahamas with visits to excellent snorkeling sites, by kayaking countless cays and inlets, exploring the many uninhabited islands and beaches, and even fish for big game.
The Bahamas is both the spiritual and physical home of All Star Liveaboards, having started operating out of Bimini over 40 years ago with a single vessel. All Star Liveaboards’ all-star team believe strongly that scuba diving travel needs to be within reach of the next generation of divers, and their fleet now features four vessels, covering three distinct price-points, from budget to luxury. The superb Cat Ppalu is their crewed charter catamaran option that offers bespoke itineraries to accommodate divers and non-divers. Throughout the years of growth, one constant has always remained. Every member of the All Star Liveaboards’ dive management family is a passionate scuba diver and understands the unique needs of the industry and its customers.
Onboard All Star Cat Ppalu
Cat Ppalu is a schooner rigged sailing catamaran with space for 12 passengers in six cabins. American and Bahamian specialties are skillfully prepared on board and served buffet style. Satisfying snacks are served between meals and beverages offered include tea, coffee, juices, sodas, beer on tap, wine, rum and vodka. The air conditioned main salon area is spacious enough to seat everyone together for meals and activities, while the trampoline area on the bow is the place to hang out while sailing, enjoying the salty breeze and luscious scenery of the islands. Cat Ppalu provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy activities like fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and shore excursions to local and uninhabited islands.
Diving from All Star Cat Ppalu
The variety of diving available in the Bahamas is amazing! There are beautiful reefs at all depths, awe-inspiring walls, swift drift dives, night dives, mysterious blue holes, and plentiful sharks. Cat Ppalu offers as many as 19 dives on each week-long voyage, including one shark feeding experience. Top of the line rental gear can be provided for guests without equipment, including torches and dive computers. A range of scuba certifications can also be arranged, including open water checkouts, and more advanced courses. The onboard instructor is also happy to take non-certified guests on an introductory dive. Cat Ppalu also offers occasional Citizen Scientist programs, giving recreational divers a hands-on opportunity to help with various reef enhancement projects.
- Fishing is possible directly from the boat, and any catch can be utilised in the menu. But bear in mind that you’ll spend a lot of time within a protected marine sanctuary where fishing is strictly prohibited.
- The most common sharks on these trips are nurse and Caribbean reef sharks.
Cat Ppalu offers occasional Citizen Scientist programmes that allow guests to help Marine Biologist Addie Benz with surveying coral reefs, translocating diadema sea urchins, and developing and expanding All Star Liveaboards’ coral nursery and coral transplant program. With these programmes, All Star Liveaboards’ hope to make a positive impact on the struggling reefs and educate guests on the issues currently faced in the Bahamas. The team hope their data will be used in the future by Bahamian government affiliates to better protect these ecosystems.