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Dive Review of Rainbow Reef Divers in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Florida

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Anders, VA, USA
Report Number 3359
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
St.Lucia, Grand Bahama, Nassau, Hawaii, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Cayman
Brac, North Carolina, Virginia Beach, Cozumel, San Salvador (Bahamas),
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 25    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Be back on board in 1 hour or 500psi, whichever comes first.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
We went on one two-tank trip with Rainbow Reef Divers. $75 for a non-guided
2-tank trip. Other dives this week included three two-tank dive trips with
Key Dives in Islamorada one two-tank trip with Blue Water Divers in Key
Largo. We split trips between operators to gain easier access to the Eagle
(Islamorada) and the Speigel Grove and the Duane (both from Key Largo).
However, this morning Blue Water Divers had two divers opt out of the dive,
leaving only my wife and I on the manifest. In addition, the seas were in
the 4+ range. The captain of Blue Water Divers, Glenn, helped us rebook
with Rainbow Reef Divers who had one of their boats scheduled to go to the
Speigel Grove that morning. Unfortunately Rainbow Reef Divers had two
no-shows, leaving only my wife and me booked on their smaller boat. They
offered us two spots on their bigger boat so we accepted in an effort to
get some underwater time in today. The boat was crowded with 16 divers (but
I wouldnt be surprised if they occasionally book it for 20). This was a
good example of a cattle boat operation. Captain Bill was cordial and
gave an adequate briefing. Onboard, one of the crew changed my wifes tank
between dives and helped me change mine. Normally I dont mind doing this
myself but it was good to have assistance in the rough seas we experienced
(4+ seas). Bottled water was provided. Mask and camera buckets were
available. No head that I saw or was told about. No granny line to the
front of the boat provided. First dive on the Benwood had horrible
visibility (~10). Second dive at Molasses Reef had about 25 of
visibility. Experienced a lot of surge on both dives. Several people got
sick between dives due to rough seas and some divers didnt do the second
dive. There was no divemaster guide for either dive so one needed to be
able to do their own navigation. Instructions were to be back on board in
60 minutes or with at least 500psi. My wife and I were the last on board
for both dives after about 50 minutes (with >1000psi). Overall, crew did
a good job, especially given the rough conditions and the number of divers.
 An after-dive lunch stop at Mrs Macks is worth it. For dinner, we loved
the fish preperations at the Fish House.
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