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Dive Review of R/V Coral Reef II in

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Lloyd Schwengel, CA, USA
Report Number 3129
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Red Sea, Caymans, Cabo, PNG, Australia, Fiji, Bay Islands, Belieze,
Cozumel,Florida, Calif Channel Islands, San Diego, others
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Occasional time limit necessary but most time however long your air lasts. 
Depth set by sites.  Diving done as a group.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
U/W photo is only a side activity.  Few facilities, are able to charge
bats, rinse tank and air available.  Keep equip in your room. You can get
some good photos on a few dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
  This was my 5th trip with the New England Aquarium on the RV Coral Reef
II.  It is a collection trip so not oriented towards U/W photo. The rooms
are small but adequate and bath facilites generally shared except one room.
 Food is excellent and plentiful.  You are expected to help out with some
of the chores on board since only three crew, two captains and a chef. 
They supply collecting equipment, two nets, catch bag and probe stick. 
Short demo on collecting.  Helps to have experienced ones along.  Sites are
picked for types of fish or inverts to be collected and weather.  A lot of
comradery develops amoung the participants.  The swim step has two ladders
for easy exit.  Most sites shallow for easy collecting with little or no
current. The boat has several tanks to keep the collected fish in, which
doesn't make for a lot of room but does not seem crowded. There are the
crew, three Aquarium divers, and 9 others. Equipment is kept under two
hanging tables and tanks in a box on each side.  Entry and exit are from
the rear swim step via stairs. One sits out as safety observer each dive. 
Usually a few beach seines for small juvenile fish, along with a visit to
Alicetown one evening.  Last day back at Miami is packing day.  Everyone
works hard this day to prepare, package, and ship the animals to Boston.  
  There is oxygen and safety equipment on board and two outboard
inflatables for that wayward diver, although seldom needed.  Only a few
mild currents and shallow sites. You have to know fish ID and habits to
really help collect. 
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