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Dive Review of Pura Vida Divers in
The Continental USA/West Palm Beach, FL

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Roger Roth, Ohio, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3527
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, PNG, Indonesia, Red Sea, Cozumel, Bahamas, Exumas, Caymans, Barbados,
Antigua, CA Channel Islands, etc...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
This is drift diving for experienced divers and a safety sausage was
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I had no problems with the crew handling my camera gear and there were
places cameras could be stored safely between dives.  There was a rinse
tank onboard, however it was smaller that I would have liked to see and
best accomodated the smaller still cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
3 stars    
Every dive in West Palm Beach is a drift dive and our currents averaged
being moderate for the 5 days of diving we did.  Most of the time it was
possible to duck behind a coral head or into a trench to get out of the
current.  The divemaster went ahead of the group and carried a float
tethered to a line.  When divers stopped to look or get pictures, the
divemaster was usually good at stopping and waiting so as to not rush the

Because of the currents, the reefs were healthy.  Angelfish, filefish and
puffers were mostly much larger than I'm used to seeing, as well as the
8-10' nurse shark we found sleeping in the sand.  We passed a number of
schools of squid that were very photogenic and one divemaster not only
found a big red frogfish, he also pointed out a yellowhead jawfish with
eggs in his mouth.  The most memorable fish in this area is the giant
Goliath Groupers that are very abundant around most of the wrecks we dived
as well as in some undercuts on the reefs.  These fish easily averaged 8'
in length.

The biggest problem we had was with the diesel fumes that were everywhere
around the boat, even when it was going full speed.  We eventually found a
way to use towels to block some of the fumes coming through the side
gunnels, finally making it more comfortable getting to and from the
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