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Dive Review of Parrot Island Scuba Adventures/Comfort Inn, Ocean View in
The Continental USA/Pompano Beach

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dan Huthwaite, VA, United States
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Report Number 5329
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, South Florida Coast, Barbados, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to boat with 500 psi, other than that you could dive your own
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Rinse bucket on board but no table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Parrott Island Scuba was recommended to me by a dive shop in Merritt
Island, FL.  I was in Orlando on business and my wife offered to extend my
trip to dive as an early Christmas present.  It took roughly 3 hours to
drive to Pompano Beach from Orlando but it was an easy drive.  The Comfort
Inn I stayed at was adequate but not anything memorable.  It was old but
well maintained and the staff was very helpful.  Food in the area was
expensive with not a lot of choices although they weren't your usual chain
restaurants.  Parrott Island operates from the wharf about a mile south of
the Comfort Inn.  They have no dive shop.  Payment is made at an open Tiki
hut right next to the boat and they have a small shed where they store
tanks, weights and little else.  Make sure you bring everything you need
because if you need something, they won't have it.  To their credit, both
the morning and afternoon dives were very lightly attended but we went out
anyway.  6 people in the morning, 4 in the afternoon.  They had nitrox (32%
but they did not have a O2 tester so you had to believe what was on the
label).  They also ran out of nitrox after the morning dives.  The boat was
ok.  Tank bungees were dog-eared and there was a bit of diesel fumes in the
air most of the time.  You take care of setting up your own gear on all
dives.  The DM (actually an instructor) was very nice but offered short
briefings and did not stay in the water.  You dove your own profile.  Most
of the diving in this part of FL is drift diving.  Someone in each buddy
group was issued a flag to tow.  At the wrecks where  boats tie off, the
instructor went over the side to tie off the boat to the wreck.  I guess
they don't believe in mooring balls.  The area has a lot of wrecks, all of
them fairly close to shore and they are worth doing.  The reefs were so-so,
with "razzle dazzle" being more like a dying wasteland than
anything else.  There are a lot of huge purple barrel sponges on most reefs
but not a lot of fish.  I didn't see one lobster on four dives.  We dove
the United Caribbean and RSB-1 wrecks.  Both were very nice.  UC was in 60
- 75 feet of water, decent viz, and had a lot of fish.  Grunts, Porkfish,
French Angels, Rock Beauties, Butterfly Fish, Tangs, Spotted Drum, Goatfish
and one Green Moray.  RSB-1 was between 75 and 110 feet and while the
descent was through some pretty murky water, viz improved on the wreck.  A
very large sea turtle chased us around and followed us up almost all the
way to our safety stop.  We also noted a very large barracuda moving about
the wreck but not too many other fish.  The boat was stocked with sodas but
no food.  There was no tip jar and when i asked they just kind of shrugged
it off.  (I tipped them anyway and they were very appreciative.)  Over all
I would say this was an average operation.  Not having a shop was rather
unusual but the boat captain and instructor were pleasant.  There are other
operators in the area that offer better service.  The buddy I was paired up
with on my morning dives was a retired native and he highly recommended
Dixie Divers (especially after he found out his 2nd tank only had 1,800 psi
in it and Parrott Island doesn't bring spares.)  Should I ever return to
Pompano I'll probably dive with them.      
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