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Dive Review of Coral Island Charters in
The Continental USA/Palm Beach

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Kovacs, FL, U.S.A.
Report Number 1369
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Throughout Florida, Solomon Islands, Galapagos, Belize, Bahamas, Indonesia,
British Columbia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety sausage mandatory  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
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    
A couple of us decided to try Coral Island Charters in Palm Beach after
phoning them and asking them we could dive a specific dive site.  Over the
course of a week they assured us several times that because we were the
first to sign up for that particular day we could choose any site from the
list of sites on their web site and that's where they would take us.

This was the ONLY reason we decided to give this operation a go.

Once we got underway we asked the boat captain if he was taking us to the
site we wanted to go to.  We were informed that he nor any of the dive
masters on board had ever heard of that site and had no idea where it was. 
After informing the Captain that it was listed on their web site he stated
he didnt even know Coral Island Charters had a web site even though he had
been with them for almost 2 years.

Considering this was the reason for the dive it was irritating to say the
least. Any dive is better than no dive so we decided to make the best of

Unfortunately this is a typical cattle boat where they pack around 30
divers on board and then instruct everyone that they want them to follow
the dive master like a big cooperative herd.

The diving was good typical Palm Beach diving with decent viz and decent
coral and tropical fish life.  The viz was also a good 70 to 80 feet.

Unfortunately some of the dive masters need to go back to school for a
basic understanding of dive protocols. 

At the end of the first dive my buddy and I surfaced within view of the
dive boat, which immediately saw us and began to head over to us to pick us
up. No wait time, no problems. I've been through this hundreds of times,
nothing new.  However when we climbed up the ladder the dive master had the
audacity to start yelling at us that the safety sausages should have been
inflated, that's what they're for.  Huh? Did I miss something?  A little
too much nitrogen on the brain maybe?

Needless to say I wouldn't recommend this unprofessional dive operation
unless you're into a big cattle boats where everyone is treated like a
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