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Dive Review of Bonsai Diving in
The Continental USA/Key West

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by William Deertz, Jakarta, Indonesia
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4204
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Throughout Indonesia (Wakatobi, Komodo, Bali, Raja Ampat), Thailand,
Australia, Maldives, Philippines, Hawaii, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
29   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
Bonsai Diving ( located in Key West operates with a
center console dual hull boat about 28 feet in length (maximum of 6
divers).  The operations are run by Peter who had his 14 yr old son along
during the summer acting as 1st mate.  The waters were choppy on our trip
so we got a fair bit of splash with minimal areas for cover.  Dive
briefings were adequate. Each day started with a wreck dive in about 20
meters of water followed by a shallow reef dive. First day we did the
Cayman Salvage wreck followed by Nine Foot Stake reef, on the second day we
did Joe's Tug wreck followed by Marker 1 reef.  The Cayman Salvage was a
reasonably good wreck dive as it was still intact with good swim throughs. 
Joe's Tug wreck is in pieces so wasn't as exciting.  Both wrecks had
reasonably good fish activity.  After living in Indonesia for the past 12+
years I was disappointed with the reefs in Key West.  There wasn't much
coral cover and they lacked an abundance of fish.  We saw a 5 foot nurse
shark and a relatively large sting ray but other than this not much other
was memorable.  I would recommend Bonsai Diving with the caveat of not
using their rental gear.  Since we were only doing 4 dives we did not bring
our equipment from Indonesia.  The Bonsai rental equipment was old and
shabby and bordered on dangerous.  On the first day my BCD would not hold
air and on my second day the BCD had a slow leak requiring continual
dumping of air.  Other than the rental equipement this dive outfit was good
and better than going on the cattle boats.
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