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Dive Review of Rainbow Reef Dive Center/Ramada Limited Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Upper Keys

Rainbow Reef Dive Center/Ramada Limited Key Largo, Jun, 2010,

by Allan Ripple, WI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5608.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Cozumel, Upper and Lower Florida Keys, Great Lakes, inland Midwestern lakes, St Maarten.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 87 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational limits and 750PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was out 5th trip, this time mid-June, back to the Florida Keys diving with Rainbow Reef Dive Center (MM100). We were so pleased with the RRDC operation the first time we dove the upper Keys that we have never considered (nor would we consider) diving with any other operator. All of our dives this trip were aboard either the Tropical Voyager or Tropical Adventure. Both boats have ample deck space and dedicated camera and mask buckets. All dives are guided at diver option. Boat Captains and crew are very friendly and knowledgeable.
As is typical for the Keys, conditions were luck of the draw. The week we arrived the green water moved in and the winds switched to an easterly direction which made conditions less than ideal. We began the week with about 60 of visibility and 1 2 waves and ended the week with about 30 of visibility and 6 8 waves. Nonetheless, it was a nice week of diving, conditions notwithstanding. Because conditions were not particularly good, I did not rate sea life or underwater photography.
As weve also always done while diving the upper Keys, we stayed at the Ramada Limited Key Largo (also MM 100). The rooms are always clean and comfortable, and as part of the stay they provide a very simple but nice continental breakfast.
We will likely make another trip back to the upper Keys to dive and assuming we do, we will most definitely dive with Rainbow Reef Dive Center.
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