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Dive Review of Rainbow Reef Dive Center/Private home (vrbo) in
The Continental USA/Key largo, Florida

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US
Top Contributor   (52 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6567
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Truk, Australia , etc
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 lbs.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse bucket only
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
We picked Rainbow Reef since they have a scheduled dive master in the water
on each dive, which, to me, should be standard. The first dive was on the
Spiegel Grove, which is one of the signature dives of Key Largo. The
surface current was ripping and we had to pull ourselves up to the bowline,
& down to the wreck. Viz was about 50 feet & the current lessened
on the wreck. I saw the largest Goliath grouper I had ever seen along with
many large barracuda. The return to the boat was an adventure in the
ripping current. I had my Nautilus lifeline with me & was glad I did if
I had missed the line. The second days dives included the Christ of the
Abyss which was ok. The shallow reefs had a good many lobsters, barracuda,
and fairly good small critters. The second day was pretty much a cattle
boat, but it happens everywhere at times. We only dived two days, so I
really don't think we got a fair view of Rainbow Reef. The boats are good,
but on the second day of the cattle boat, there were too many divers of
different skill levels, grouped together. I waited for the dive master 20
minutes under the boat as she had to coax & help,a new diver get down.
All in all, Key Largo is fun & the diving is ok to good.
I've been spoiled by Caymans, Bonaire,etc.
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