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

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by craig grube, VA, US
Contributor   (18 reports)
Report Number 5524
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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

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return with 700 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
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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