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Dive Review of Rainbow Reef Dive Center/N/A in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

Rainbow Reef Dive Center/N/A, May, 2010,

by craig grube, VA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports). Report 5524.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Tahiti, Little Cayman, Glovers Atoll, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return with 700 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Seperate rinse tank and the crew was vocal on keeping masks and other gear out of the fresh water camera tank.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Rainbow Reef is a very efficient operation out of Key Largo, we were on two approx. 40-42 Newtons. We did 3 days of 2-tank morning dives and generally left the dock about 9AM and were back about 12:30. Rainbow Reef offers dive guides at no charge which lets you relax a bit and focus on marine life or photography. Our dives were on various sites on Molasses Reef and were in waters ranging from 20-40. Given the shallow depths, we were given dives that ran about an hour each. The dive trips were generally crowded but the crew was very organized and things ran smoothly. Based on the day we either had 4, 6 or 8 divers in the group with the dive guide. The crew did head counts after each dive, had separate rinse tank for camera gear and plenty of cold water bottles.
The marine life was fairly abundant with several nurse sharks, turtles, morays, lobsters, crabs, and scorpion fish. We also saw large schools of midnight parrotfish, the usual snapper and angels, many barracuda, and several stingrays. Coral was not the healthiest, but that seems to be the trend these days. The water was warm and pretty calm. Rainbow Reef provided us a very good experience.
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