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Dive Review of Porthole Dive Charters in
The Continental USA

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bob DeFeo, CA, USA
Contributor   (18 reports)
Report Number 4034
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Channel Is, Hawaii, Philippines, Caymans, Monterey, Sonoma Coast, Texas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
48   to 45    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 15    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Spacious tables, large separate rinse tanks
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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