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Dive Review of Jupiter Dive Center/Marriott Resort, Singer Island in
The Continental USA/Jupiter, Florida

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Brent Barnes, OK, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5652
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Saba, St. Eustatius, Dominica, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Grand Cayman, Belize,
Cocos Island, Costa Rica, Cozumel, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recommendations of 50 minutes or returning with 500 PSI were made but not
strictly enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat has a dedicated camera rinse bucket but would not hold all cameras
when there were multiple photographers on board. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
I spent a long weekend with my family on Singer Island and drove 15 minutes
north to Jupiter Dive Center for a 2-tank Saturday afternoon dive trip and
a 3-tank Sunday dive trip. Jupiter Dive Center runs an excellent operation
and answered all my emails promptly in advance. The check-in process was
easy and nitrox was readily available. In fact, most of the divers dove
nitrox due to the deep profiles. The boats are equipped with all safety
equipment and excellent dive briefs were given by the divemasters. Soft
drinks and snacks were readily available in between dives for free and the
Sunday 3-tank dive included a provided lunch. My only complaint of the boat
is that when we had 18 divers on Saturday the boat was crowded. With the 11
divers on Sunday it was much more comfortable. All diving is done as drift
dives and the captain is excellent at following the divers. The divemasters
and crew worked hard and were open to requests for dive sites by the
divers. Jupiter is a spectacular place to see pelagic life and is one of
the better places in the world to see goliath grouper. In August and
September, the goliath grouper congregate at specific sites to spawn. The
wrecks of the MG-111 and the Zion are areas where the goliath grouper
congregate. In our three dives on Sunday in mid-August, we counted 57
goliath grouper! Six were seen at Captain Mike's reef, two at Kurl's reef
and 49 at the MG-111. The 49 were confirmed by a count by the divemaster
and a diver collecting data to report to the REEF organization.
Experiencing that many goliath grouper in one area was amazing and many of
these grouper were enormous. This is the same area that lemon sharks
congregate for mating in the later winter/early spring. In addition to the
many goliath grouper, we saw several Caribbean reef sharks, several nurse
sharks and many green and hawksbill turtles. We did see an average of about
one lionfish per dive. In addition to the boat dives with Jupiter Dive
Center, we also did a shore dive on the Blue Herron Bridge in West Palm
Beach and I would highly recommend that for any divers who love to see
unusual critters and for the macro photographers. This dive must be done at
slack high tide as the current is too strong to dive it outside of slack
high tide. Entrance is easy as you can simply walk into the water from the
small beach at the Phil Foster park on the east side of the Blue Herron
bridge going over to Singer Island. Enter the water about 30 -40 minutes
before slack high tide and you can dive it until about 45 minutes after
high tide so you can easily get in a 90 minute or more dive. The maximum
depth is about 15 feet or so. Visibility for us was about 30 feet. The
quantity of life is amazing at this area and frogfish, gurnards, seahorses
and sea robins are seen commonly. In addition to an array of small
critters, we did see some larger fish including spadefish, barracuda and a
spotted eagle ray. I would highly recommend this dive and if you have time
try and do the bridge both during the day and at night. You can rent a tank
and weights from E-force dive shop which is just on the west side of the
bridge. There are changing facilities and showers at the park. We stayed at
the Marriott condominium resort on Singer Island which was wonderful. I had
a family of five and several non-divers so the resort was perfect as it had
two large pools with a slide, beach access and two restaurants. Obviously,
the Marriott was expensive but was a wonderful place to stay and was a
three minute drive from the Blue Herron bridge and 15 minutes from Jupiter
Dive Center. We stayed in a 2-bedroom condo and purchased groceries and
made our own lunch daily. It was fascinating to see the fresh turtle nests
on the beach each day and they were roped off and marked and it is illegal
to tamper with any turtle nests. A visit to the Turtle rehabilitation
center for injured turtles in Juno, which is 10 minutes north of Singer
Island, is certainly worth an hour. 
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