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

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Veronica Harding , FL, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5671
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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

sunny, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 62    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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