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

Parrot Island Scuba Adventures, Aug, 2002,

by Krystal Glavan, Co, USA . Report 140.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Cancun, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 86 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions The dive master and captain considered the diver's experience and goals, along with conditions, when selecting dive sites.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Parrot Island offers service from 2 boats. Fathoms of Fun originates in Pompano Beach and offers a camera table and fresh water rinse buckets are available. Their other boat, Fishfood, travels from Ft. Lauderdale and is a smaller vessel without camera table.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 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 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Finding the folks from Parrot Island Scuba Adventures made our vacation wonderful. Four of us headed to Florida to gain more diving experience. I had researched dive operations online and had only 3 responses to e-mail out of 18 inquiries sent. Our group decided to visit some operations once we arrived and select someone we were comfortable with at that time. We first visited the people who responded to my e-mails. After several dissapointing contacts, we found Parrot Island in the Yellow Pages. While other operators had been sarcastic, rude and uninterested (surprising since they stood to make some $400 per day with 4 of us), Captain Jerry, wife and DM Kelly, along with their crew, were eager to take us out. They were far more reasonably priced than other operators, very safety conscious, and very accomodating. They accompanied us on 8 dives in both Ft. Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. Both their boats are in very good condition, although diving from Fathoms of Fun is more pleasant. Fathoms has a lots of room and a nice dive platform. Both boats offer fresh water showers and heads. Fathoms has a camera table available. I know most people don't think of Pompano as "the place to dive." I gotta tell ya, it was wonderful. Kelly and Jerry took us to 2 wrecks, the Sea Emporer and the Copenhagen. Both were great fun, lots of large fish at the Emporer. The reefs were great and the night dive was incredible. We saw sea turtles, eels, snooks, stingrays, goliath groupers, puffers, trunkfish, trumpetfish, scores of parrotfish, urchins, nurse sharks, spadefish, butterfly fish, damselfish, and more. I saw more here than I did in Mexico. Jerry and Kelly even helped the guys with everything they needed to go "bug hunting." They had a blast, and it was a riot to watch. One of the truly great things about diving here is the shallow reefs at the end of the day. There was so much to see, and with much of it between 20-35 feet, our profiles allowed plenty of time to see it. Kudos to Jerry, Kelly, Scuba Steve and Captain Mark from Parrot Island Scuba. We had a blast. I do recommend the dives from Pompano Beach over Ft. Lauderdale. We had much better vis, reef color, sea life and far less boat traffic.
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