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Dive Review of Julier in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Adam Hartnett, MA, US
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Report Number 5829
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii (Big Island), USVI's, BVI's, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas,
Florida Keys, South Florida, Massachusetts, Isle of Shoals (NH), Bonaire,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
74   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Buddy Diving, No Decompression, Max depth was 130 or MOD depending on
Nitrox Blend.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I use a simple point and shoot Canon so I do not require much. The boat
does dedicate a rinse barrel for camera gear. There is plenty of room to
work on camera gear on the boat. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was my second time on the Juliet and third liveaboard trip overall. I
had previously had been on USVI and BVI trip on the sailboat in December
2008. I lucked out on this trip due to the fact that I was one of only 4
passengers (12 max) so I had my own cabin. 

The itinerary allows you to board in Key West (Westin Hotel Marina) and
sail up to Miami for the week and dive the various reefs and wrecks of the
Florida Keys. The following week's charter was going in reverse. 

The Good:
-Boat was in excellent shape.
-All crew members (Captain Rudy, Kat, Emily, Alicia, and Chef Johnny) were
attentive and enthusiastic. 
-32% Nitrox is available but crew were able to give us 29, 30 for some
deeper dives.
-Food was excellent and plentiful. 

The Bad (which isn't too bad - more precautionary): 

-This trip was advertised as a wreck trip and it should be made clear that
its really not for inexperienced divers, especially if conditions are not
-The cabins could be perceived as tight especially if you are a single
traveler bunking with someone you do not know. 
-This may not be a good itinerary in peak season in the Florida Keys due to
size of boat and dealing with potentially crowded dive sites.

The Diving

21 dives. 5 of which were night dives. The following wrecks were done:
Cayman Salvager (twice) Vandenburg (twice), Thunderbolt, Benwood, Duane,
Eagle, Spiegel Grove

Diving Highlights: 
-9' manta seen during safety stop on Vandenburg
-Huge Goliath Groupers on most wrecks
-7' wide stingray in the sand on the Thunderbolt,
-7-8' Great Hammerhead being followed by 15 barracuda + a huge school of
Eagle Rays in 15' of water on Looe Key Reef
-Huge Moray on the Benwood. 
-The coral is in better shape than my visit to Key Largo in 2005
-The invasive Lionfish were unfortunately present on many dives. 
Visibility was decent with some odd occurrences. The vis on the Thunderbolt
was a bit spotty (20-30') but the dives on the Cayman Salvager and
Vandenburg had 80 foot visibility. 

Overall, it was a great dive trip and I am looking forward to do a Bimini
or Turks and Caicos run on the Juliet in the next couple of years. 
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