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Dive Review of I Dive Inc. (Starfish Enterprise) in
The Continental USA/Boynton Beach Florida

I Dive Inc. (Starfish Enterprise), Aug, 2010,

by Jim Garren, FL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 5643.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, Bahamas, Hawaii, Roatan, Red Sea (Egypt)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divers permitted to dive their own profile, typically 60 to 70 minutes for most locations. DM helps divers form groups with similar bottom time/skill levels if desired, all dives except wrecks are drift style, groups carry their own flag, boat pick up after surfacing.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments large central camera storage, two fresh water rinse tanks and fresh water rinse hose available, DM will assist at entry and exit to protect equipment

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments An old favorite just gets better. We live locally and Starfish has always been a favorite in an area that has lots of dive boats to choose from. Reef dives from Lake Worth south to Delray including all of Boynton Beach are the main attraction with several wrecks available by request. Depths range from 50 to 80 feet on some of the nicest reefs in Florida, many with spectacular relief, ledges and swim throughs.
Good spiney lobster hunting in season and often more fish than we have seen in many exotic destinations.
Recent invasion of Lionfish even gives divers an opportunity to see south Pacific species without having a passport. This trip was in August, but winter diving here can provide surprise visits from large pelagic species and even whales, turtles are a regular reef attraction year round.
Captain Craig Smart and DM Linda both have years of experience in the area, they are safety conscious and professional without becoming dive Gestapo, divers are respected and allowed to dive within their training and skill limitations.
Previously located in Lantana on Ocean Ave. behind the Old Key Lime House restaurant, Starfish has recently moved to slip #11 in the marina in Boynton Beach near Two Georges and Banana Boat restaurants on Casa Loma Blvd. This is a big improvement for divers with much nicer shore facilities and indoor parking. If you have visited south Florida in August you can appreciate what that means after a two tank dive!
Divers who own their own tanks will also be happy to know that Starfish has recently acquired state of the art membrane nitrox filling equipment and offers very competitive rates on fills.
Give them a try, you will not be disappointed.
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