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Dive Review of Abyss in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys - Marathon

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Joyce & Stephen Leftly, nj, USA
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Report Number 4174
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Curacao, Cozumel, Bonaire, Key Largo, Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St John,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour or 500 psi, whichever comes first  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
We enjoyed 5 days diving with Abyss, in Marathon.  They run a great dive
op, with only 6 divers on a roomy boat, which even has a working head.  
They store equipment for multi-day dives (unusual for the Keys) and
transport it right to the dock.  As is typical in the Keys, the dives are
unguided but the navigation was easy and the owner/captain Bill provided
great tips on getting into the boat safely and reducing our weight !  
Carmen and Brian were also informative and fun captains, making for relaxed

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We saw lots of the typical reef creatures, including various eels, crabs,
lobsters, barracuda, as well as the usual tropical fish.  We also saw 2
free-swimming nurse sharks, several large stingrays, a large Nassau Grouper
a free-swimming scorpion fish and our first-ever Goliath Grouper.  An eagle
ray put on a nice performance during 1 dive.   

The most unusual sighting happened as I was completing 1 dive, when a
dolphinfish (the fish not the mammal) came up with me at the end of the
dive, hiding under my arm.   I didn't get to see it, but everyone on the
boat got a good view when the captain yelled 'Dolphin' !

We usually dive in the Key Largo area, but were impressed with the
diversity and quality of the sea life near Marathon.   Most of the dive
sites were a 30 minute boat ride away.

As for accomodations, we stayed in a 3 BR Condo at Indigo Reef Resort, just
a mile or 2 from Abyss.   We had several family members with us on this
trip, who have some mobililty issues, so we needed a place that would be
really beautiful for them to spend time in.  This unit really fit the bill,
however these condos are apparently newly set up for rentals, and there was
no one onsite to ask questions about trash, towels, etc.   They didn't even
have the typical write-up with procedures for staying at the condo, etc.  
The pool was huge and mostly empty.....but the temperature was often too
warm to be refreshing.   There is no beach here, but some people said they
scrambled across the rocks and snorkeled in the bay (we didn't try this).  
You do get beach privileges at a nearby resort owned by the same company,
Tranquility Bay resort, which has sailboats, kayaks, etc for rent. 

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