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Dive Review of Dive Key West/N/A in
The Continental USA/Key West

Dive Key West/N/A, Oct, 2010,

by Robert Atanasio, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 5761.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Jamaica, Panama, California Central Coast, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Asked to return to boat with specified PSI depending on dive and conditions and/or within 1 hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate camera rinse

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments I dove with this company after my live-aboard to the Dry Tortugas was cancelled while I was en route to Key West. As well as refunding the trip, the live-aboard operator let me stay on board at dock for my three days in Key West and hooked me up with this operator.

The boat was comfortable enough. I think the dive-briefings were thorough and clear. One gold star goes for the dive master who spent a few extra minutes with me sketching out the sites.

Seas were choppy with 4-7 foot waves. In the shallow sites (<25 fsw) the surge was manageable, but it kicked up sediment and reduced visibility to less than 15 ft at times. On the days I went out, the dives were all less than 60 fsw. These sites were: the Hump, Middle Sambo, Joe's Tug and 9-foot Stake. I think the more photogenic critters on these reefs were the sea fans and sponges. I saw the usual Caribbean species of fish and coral representing, but I didn't have any big WOW moments. Except for the lion fish and its a bad kinda' wow because I can't believe how many I found-- eight over 4 dives.

I give these guys kudos for being part of the Blue Star program of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. I think any operator working in the Florida Keys NMS should step up and participate in the program.
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