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Dive Review of Porthole Dive Charters in
The Continental USA

Porthole Dive Charters, Apr, 2008,

by Bob DeFeo, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4034.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Channel Is, Hawaii, Philippines, Caymans, Monterey, Sonoma Coast, Texas lakes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 48 to 45 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10 to 15 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Spacious tables, large separate rinse tanks

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 5 stars
Comments One of the best run dive boat operations--bar none. Capt Mike Ferguson and his crew are extremely dedicated to safety and customer service. We made 5 dives including one night dive off the brand new, all aluminum, custom built, 41' Mark V. This boat is fast and stable with no detectable vibrations despite its all aluminum construction. Even when running all out, the boat is exceptionally quiet and well handling. A jewel of boat with air & nitrox capable compressors on board, steady and exceptionally well designed boarding ladders, heated cabin with wonderful tables and seating with full galley. Mike's crew knew their stuff and we saw many huge 4-ft ling cod, cabezon and other cold water species on our dives. Underwater topography within the Puget Sound dive sites was well worth the trip. Customer service way beyond any expectations and Mike and his folks are just damn good guys...they kind of people you want as your best friends. They took great pains to explain our dive spots in detail and what could be viewed and where to look for it. If you want to dive the Seattle/Tacoma Puget Sound Area, Porthole Dive Charters is the way to go! They depart from the Seattle, WA Harbor and in the summer also from Neah Bay, WA
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