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Dive Review of Anthony's Key in

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Pat Cisar, Alberta, Canada
Report Number 1641
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Turks and Caicos, Hawaii, Costa Rica (Cocos Island)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
While you could dive your own profile many dives were drift dives and
required the group to come up more or less at the same time.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The first important point was even though Continental Airlines stated the
50 minute changeover in Houston was a resonable time my dive bags did not
make the change,going or returning.  They arrived a day late. Anthony's Key
Resort when they heard this made sure someone obtained the bags and brought
to me the next day.  Even the employee who transported the bags went out of
his was to make sure I knew my bags had arrived.  As well the Resort let me
use dive eequipment at no cost to ensure I did not miss dives.  (only
idfference really was the dive shop stuff was new).  Impressive. You are
assigned to a boat for all week, though some changes can be made.  So if
you are in a group it is nice.  You may find you aare with divers of
differing skills so let the operators know your true level of skill and if
being with less advanced people bothers you.  The diving is 3 to 4 dives a
day.  Next best thing to a liveaboard.  The winds were up the week I was
there so we did not get around the island though most other groups that
week did.  There are a couple of night dives per week and a couple of neat
wreak dives.  The deepest we got was 109 ft.  Most days wwe did an 80ft
followed by a 60 foot dive wtih the 40 to 50 foot dive as the third dive.
There were not many big plegagics, though the groupers were large.  Lots of
great coral and tropical fish. Most people got to see a seahorse.
Barbaretta Island had great corals in a pristine enviroment.
The shore dive requires you to carry your equipment acroos to the island
where there are tanks.  Check the psi as some tanks are low.  The boat
tanks were always good.  The poles used to mark the way through the reef
were gone so you needed to follow a rope.  It gets a bite shollow at low
tide but the "front Porch" shore dive is not too bad at all.  The
night Channel dive is the worst visability but good shrimp and pipefish ere
The insects are a major problem.  Be prepared.  Food was good quality even
if there were only two choices most meals.  Breakfast is avialuable early
for the early morning trips.  
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