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

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Atanasio, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5761
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Jamaica, Panama, California Central Coast, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Asked to return to boat with specified PSI depending on dive and conditions
and/or within 1 hour.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Separate camera rinse
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
2 stars    
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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