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Dive Review of Juliet in
The Continental USA/Dry Tortugas

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by David Bader, NC, US
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Report Number 5506
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Buddy system enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No camera table but more than adequate space in the salon for working on
cameras.  Entry is by giant stride but with a four ft. drop, camera's need
to be handed in.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was my fifth trip with John and the crew of the Juliet.  I think that
speaks for itself.  The vessel is a 104 ft three-masted schooner, limited
to 12 divers and 5 crew.  The crew is very personable and spend much of
their time with the guests.  Cabins are small with limited storage so you
spend little of your time there. The crew will put up awnings on deck to
provide shade during the day.  Generally, there are three day dives and one
night dive.  Gear is set up in the center of the boat and tanks are filled
in place.  A small storage locker is behind each dive station.  Depending
on location, surface intervals may be spent under sail or fishing.  A great
way to pass the time!  This trip left out of Key West.

Food was excellent and plentiful.  Snacks are put out between lunch and
dinner.  Chips, cookies, crackers, and canned sodas are always available. 
Beer, wine and a limited supply of liquor is available after the diving is

Diving in the Dry Tortugas was not as pristine as I had expected.  Juliet
is new to this region so they don't have a list of good dives sites yet. 
Many of our dives on this trip were to new sites so we never knew what to
expect.  At least we got to name them at the end of the dive!  One site was
expected to be coral heads rising 20 ft off the sand.  When we started
looking around we found significant ship wreckage including a large pile of
chain, a rudder, and various mechanical parts.  Most of the dives were in
the 50-60ft range with visibility affected by particulates in the water
column.  There was usually some current to deal with so it was a must to
dive into the current.  There was significant algae growth on many of the
reefs we dove.  There was not a lot of color on the reef either.  Mostly
greens and browns.  On the plus side, we saw a number of goliath groupers,
two nurse sharks, a reef shark, spotted and green moreys, hogfish,
snappers, wrasse and plenty of crabs and lobsters.  I even had three
dolphin check me out while making a safety stop on the hang bar.  We also
spent one afternoon at Fort Jefferson.  An amazing historical treasure in
the middle of nowhere.

As an added bonus, we hit the Vandenberg on the way back to Key West. This
was my first opportunity to dive on the Vandenberg and I really enjoyed it.
 At 300ft long, it took a good 20 minutes at 80ft to circumnavigate the
whole ship.  Overall, it was a fun trip and I look forward to my next
adventure on the Juliet.  
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