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

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Carlson, WA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 4317
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Puget Sound, Hawaii, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    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):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Boats had rinse buckets masks and camera equipment. Not much room on board
either boat for camera work. 
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
I was going to be in the Broward County area for a few days and was looking
for an inexpensive way to set up some lodging and diving. I Booked dive
boats from Parrott island scuba and through the Force E dive shop. The
first boat was from Parrot Island Scuba and the Copt was Terry Turmaine and
dive master was Kim. They meet you at the boat dock and have tanks ready
for you with Nitrox if you want. The boat was the Fathoms O' Fun. First
dive was a wreck dive on the Ancient mariner. 73ft max depth for 45
minutes. There was a very strong current and lots of particulates in the
water. A large, green moray was out of its den and swimming around.  Saw a
goliath grouper that I thought was huge but my dive buddy who had been on
the wreck many times told me this was the "small one" (probably 5
ft), sting rays, turtles, barracudas, trigger fish, snapper, Chromis,
grunts and many other tropicals. 

The second dive was Abbey Too, a drift dive over a reef at 55ft max depth.
Bottom time 65 minutes. Viz about 60-80ft, schools of grunts and snappers,
nurse sharks, lobsters, green morays, spotted morays, blue angels, gray
angels, nice long drift dive over wonderful rolling reef, lots of large
barrel sponges, soft corals, fan corals, nice ledge with lots of pockets.
Abby Too is located one mile north of Hillsboro Inlet. It is part of the
third reef tier. 45' on top sloping East to 70'. This reef is sometimes
difficult to follow due to it's tendency to start and stop. However, It is
a very beautiful reef with small caves on high spots every 200' or so.
Large grouper, hog fish, moray, octopus and trumpet fish were seen. 

The second days diving was Turtle ledge first and then the Sea Emperor
second. Turtle Ledge is located between Abby Too and Lighthouse Ledge just
north of the Hillsboro Inlet. It is a very beautiful section of the reef.
Depending on what reef you start on, Turtle Ledge is a spectacular way to
end a drift dive. In addition, yes, Turtles are known to frequent the reef.
The Sea Emperor lost her load of concrete culverts as she listed while on
her final approach to her final resting place. These concrete pipes are
home to a number of critters that have taken up residency on the Sea
Emperor. There is a green Morey eel affectionately named "Baby",
Sting rays, a pair of 400lb Goliath Groupers (Fred & Ethel). In
addition to the local residents, we see turtles, nurse sharks and schools
of various tropical fish.

The third day I dove out of the Force E dive center in Pompano and they set
me up on another boat, the Safari Diver.  This was a great shop where I
rented Nitrox tanks from them and the fills were exactly the mix I asked
for. Gary from Force E made sure I had what I needed and his staff were
very attentitive.  Gary was concerned that with the boat they were putting
me on I would be diving a wreck that I had done the day before. I told him
that was just fine as I was used to diving in Puget Sound and would be very
happy with any of the sites there! Did Sea Emperor again on the first dive
and I didnt mind as I saw the big green moray out and about, another even
larger Goliath Grouper that might tip the scales around 500 pounds that
looked like a Volkswagen Beetle with fins! Also saw several large green
stingrays and a hammerhead swam past me on the safety stop! The second dive
was at Lighthouse ledge. More turtles, octopus, morays. Lighthouse ledge is
part of the third reef tier. It is located less than a mile from the
Hillsboro Inlet. This reef is very popular due to its close location. It is
a very colorful reef with 1000's of tropicals, and both hard and soft

Lodging was at the Comfort Inn, Deerfield Beach, about 6 minutes away from
where the dive boats were moored.  If you set up your diving through
Parrott Island Scuba and tell them that Jerry referred you, they give you a
significant divers discount. The room had a kitchenette and was clean and
comfortable and one block off the beach. Close to stores, restaurants and
some nightlife.

This was a great three-day trip and very inexpensive diving and lodging.
There are probably more wrecks off this part of the coast than anywhere
else in Florida as well as some beautiful reef systems. The people at the
Force E dive shop were great and the boats and crews were very good. This
is a trip that I would definitely like to repeat!
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