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Dive Review of Ocean Divers/m/v Santana in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Florida

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4309
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Pensacola, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Scotland,
England, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Red Sea,
Cyprus, Malta, Germany, Croatia, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 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  
Fresh water bucket and table space available for cameras; crew asked
non-photographers to respect photo equipment, etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Ocean Divers runs a solid operation; good safety briefings, crew looks
after divers.  Plenty of room on the boat during the week; gets a bit
crowded on weekends . . . but I've seen worse.  First dive on a wreck,
second on a shallow reef.  Dived USS Spiegel Grove (she's back on her
keel!!) & USCGC Duane.  Both wrecks were excellent, adventureous dives
. . . but they are not for novice divers.  The decks of both are at about
30m, ambient light isn't great but sufficient for photos.  There was a
strong current on each; the captain recommended not taking large cameras
with strobes, since divers have to hold on to the shotline while decending
(or risk going on a drift dive); I took mine and had no difficulty.  Plenty
to see on both wrecks; the only downside is wasting air on decent . . .
waiting for inexperienced divers in front of you to decend.  On one dive my
buddy and I had to climb over divers returning to the boat . . . they had
either changed their minds or forgotten something!!  Shallow dives, m/v
Benwood and Molasses Reef were enjoyable; French Reef was boring and in bad
shape (divers should stay off it!).
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