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Dive Review of Jupiter Dive Center/La Quinta or Waterfront Inn in
The Continental USA/Jupiter, Florida

Jupiter Dive Center/La Quinta or Waterfront Inn, Aug, 2010,

by Veronica Harding , FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5671.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida multiple Gulf and Atlantic locations, St. Croix, Saba, Curacao, Puerto Rico, North Carolina.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 62 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We reside in Tampa but make the trip to Jupiter as often as possible. Jupiter diving with Jupiter Dive Center is our favorite U.S. Based diving (this includes the Florida Keys and North Carolina).

They are organized and efficient both on land and in the water. JDC has two boats and pack in a lot of divers (particularly on summer weekends) but this is the only dive center we don't mind diving with a full boat. They have their act together!

Jupiter enjoys the gulf stream running barely a mile offshore. Marine life in there appears to be on steroids. Sharks, Goliaths, massive morays, turtles the size of boulders.... all duly represented. Saw a blue parrot fish so large I initially mistook it for a small goliath. Vis varies from 40 - 80+. Some dives in summer season are 82 degrees top to bottom but be prepared for some attention getting upwellings and thermal clines (down to upper 50's once in awhile). I always bring a 5mm since it can vary from day to day and dive to dive.

Diving is drift and currents can range from benign to really ripping. Some dives took us well over a mile on a single tank. As such, you need to be prepared to get in and get down quickly when instructed. Once at depth most of the dives are at a very relaxed pace. Dive depths range from 60' to 90' range. You can follow the Dive Master or do your own thing if you know the reef. The captains are phenomenal at setting up the dives based on currents and plucking divers out of the water at varying intervals. THESE GUYS ARE GOOD, REALLY GOOD! The Dive Masters and Deck Hands are all first rate. They know their sites and the deck hands assist wherever necessary. Though don't expect Gucci diving. Divers are responsible for setting up and changing out their own tanks. Seas are calmer in the summer but it's best to expect at least some chop. This summer have experienced everything from calm to 5' seas.

If you like diving with big fish using a professional operation, Jupiter Dive Center is for you.

Note: If you're an experienced diver, make sure to do the three tank dives that run on Friday and Sunday mornings. These offer a wider variety of sites along with fewer and more experienced divers. JDC provides lunch between second and third dives.

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