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Dive Review of Florida Keys Dive Center in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys - Tavernier

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by L. B., MA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3778
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Caribbean, Bali
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
One hour or 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Clearly marked separate rinse bucket for cameras, but it got a bit crowded
with several sloshing around in it.  No separate camera table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Dove Snapper Ledge, Pickles, Horsehoe Ledge, Crocker Plateau and the Eagle.
 Diving around Tavernier the fish life was great, but the reef felt more
overgrown with algae than it has been looking back over the past ten years.
 Very little small life - shrimps, etc, - other than Xmas tree worms.  Only
small patches of living coral and a few big brain corals.  Lots of green
morays and a few spotteds, lobsters, small nurse sharks & stingrays. 
Florida Keys Dive Center was busy with the underwater Santa Claus dive the
first day and felt rather zoo-y.  The second day of diving had two deep
dives: The Eagle at 70-100 feet was followed by a second dive on Crocker
Plateau which is around 50 feet.  The Captain gave us only a 20 minute
surface interval and got snarky when another diver asked for a bit longer. 
The proposed limit of one hour on the second dive was therefore meaningless
as our bottom time was limited to around 20 minutes.   The shallower area
we were directed towards was downcurrent from the boat and not much
shallower.  It would have been a very pleasant second dive if enough time
had been given in between.  Other divers on board clearly chose to wait
longer on deck before entering and then were able to have a slightly longer
dive.  The other two days were both shallow reefs where the short surface
interval was less of an issue, but it was still a bit rushed to get gear
changed over and get re-hydrated in between.  Regularly had 1500 psi left
at the end of each dive.  While there is a time limit, given the afternoon
dives, the short surface intervals felt a bit unsafe and unnecessarily
rushed, as there was always plenty of time back at dock between morning and
afternoon.  The dive crew was fine for us given that we are reasonably
experienced, but seemed more attentive to the lobster hunters on board than
to several beginners that could have used a bit more help and
encouragement. (Really miss Lady Cyana Divers.)   Water temps were around
75-77 F below - for a full hour below taking something warmer than a 3/2
wetsuit would probably be helpful.  Stayed at Ocean  Pointe - a bit worn,
but perfectly fine and comfortable.  Pricey for a couple, but good for a
family especially if some are non-divers.
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