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Dive Review of Captain Morgan's Dive Tours in
The Continental USA/Marathon, FL

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Kirk Adams, NJ, USA
Report Number 2025
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
This is the third time my wife and I have been diving with Captain Morgan
and it is always a pleasure. Captain Doug Morgan knows the area around
Marathon extremely well and focuses on the diving experience. There is no
shop associated with his operation; however he has all the rental equipment
you need if any item was forgotten at home. While on the boat, plenty of
support is given for donning gear, exiting/entering the boat (backroll/dive
ladder), and tanks are switched over for you between dives. Ample cold
bottled water is supplied to keep you hydrated even on hot days. 
The boat leaves out of the Banana Bay Resort Marina. The operation usually
runs two 2-tank trips per day in a 28' Mako. Night dives are also
available. Trips are limited to 6 divers so there is plenty of room for
people and gear. Trip itineraries are based on a first come, first serve
basis- so if you have a particular dive site in mind, just ask.
On our latest trip the visibility was still reduced from Hurricane Rita-
inner reefs (e.g., Sombrero Reef had visibility less than 5 ft), however
Captain Morgan dropped us on some deeper reefs (60'+ depth- e.g., Edge of
Darkness and Smokey Mtn./Anchor Reef) which proved to be reasonable (20-30
visibility). The most notable part of the reef dives was an enormous
Porcupine fish that I would have had difficulties getting my arms around
(and it was not inflated). We also enjoyed the normal array of corals,
barrel sponges, angelfish, snapper, grouper, and other reef life.
The highlight of the trip, as usual, was the Thunderbolt- a 188' military
vessel sunk in 120' of water. This wreck is great-we saw several large
barracuda, schools of bar jack, yellow tail snapper, and permit. However, I
was disappointed not to see the resident Goliath Grouper on this trip- it
was probably hanging just beyond the visibility off the wreck. The wreck
has taken on quite a bit of growth over the years. While the colors are a
bit dulled at depth, photos show an array of reds, oranges, and yellows
decorating the hull. Other than the sealife, there are plenty of areas to
explore on the wreck itself- from the straight-forward tower swim throughs
to more challenging lower hull penetrations.
All-in-all I would highly recommend this operation and the diving around
Marathon. It makes for a great long weekend get away- or a few days on a
longer Keys vacation.
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