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Dive Review of Bonne Terre Mine in
The Continental USA/Missouri

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Gullo, MD, USA
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports)
Report Number 3642
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
South Pacific, Carribean, Atlantic Coast
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
58   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
All guided dives on pre-determined trails for safety  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
A flooded lead mine.  No current, super viz, water a constant 58 - so a 7
mm or drysuit is needed.  The mine is cavern like, with the more
experienced trails being more cave diving like.  All of the mining
equipment still underwater - trains, ore carts, rails, shovels, shacks,
dynamite boxes, etc.  Lighting is provided from surface to light the cavern
so underwater gives a twilight type of viz.

The staff is super safe - briefings, planned trails, guide and safety diver
with the group. Skill checks before the dives - air checks during the
dive.

While it may appear to be cave diving - the beginning trails aren't and can
be done by anyone with good bouyancy control.  It is a unique experience. 
Take the boat and walking tour too!
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