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Dive Review of Parrot Island Scuba Adventures in
The Continental USA/Florida

Parrot Island Scuba Adventures, Dec, 2007,

by Jeff Haines, NY, USA ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3763.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Nassau, Grand Bahama, Pennsylvania, Crystal River Florida,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat crew was very knowledgeable and responsive to the needs of photographers. A camera rinse bucket is available. Although there was no designated dry table, there was plenty of room on the boat and I was easily able to find a good dry spot to change batteries between dives.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The folks at Parrot Island Scuba Adventures run a great dive charter. The crew were friendly, helpful and skilled. I did a 2 tank dive, one wreck dive on "The Ancient Mariner" and one drift dive along a rock shelf called "Lighthouse Shelf", at 70 and 50 feet.
There are many other dives available, including some at technical depths.
Both sites I dove offered great photo subjects, including some nice corals and sponges, abundant small fish and the occasional large fish.
I got some shots of a large green moray, a large stone crab and a couple of nice Grey Angelfish, Trumpetfish, Smooth Trunkfish and a Scrawled Cowfish. Link to photos: jdhaines.smugmug.com/
Water conditions were good and accurately reported by a crew member who secured the anchor line to the wreck on the first dive.
The drift dive was excellent! We were dropped off right on top of the ledge and picked up very promptly at the end of the dive despite 3-4 foot seas. The freedom to dive your own profile plus the accurate information about the dives sites provided by the crew made for a great afternoon of diving. I will definitely be back.
The only down side was a lack of rental tanks larger than 80cf, although nitrox was available.
There are some deep wreck dives available, but if you want good bottom time on them bring your own large tanks.
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