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Dive Review of Rainbow Reef/Ramada Inn in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy Ellis, GA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2948
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bahamas, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Caymans, Cozumel,
Florida Keys, St. Vincent, Turks & Caicos 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers with computers were allowed to dive their own profiles.  The captain
did recommend maximum bottom time.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat had a separate rinse tank for cameras and the staff was very
helpful handing you the camera when you entered the water and collecting it
from you at the end of the dive.  No dry work area on the boat or at the
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Rainbow Reef is a dive operation that is trying to make a name for itself
but still needs some work.  The dive staff is very friendly and helpful. 
Some of the divemasters are young and don't always show up promptly for the
boat to depart in the morning.  The nitrox fills tended to be on the low
side (30%to 31%) and we had to bring our own analyzer as there wasn't one
on the boat.  Once out on the water, the service is solid.  The boats are
equipped with all the necessary equipment (first aid kit, oxygen, etc.). 
The staff chooses the sites to minimize currents and maximize visibility so
you may tie up to a site or two before jumping into the water.  A
divemaster is always available to guide a dive, but on our boat most divers
were happy to dive their own profiles.  The captains know the sites well
and provide very good reviews of the sites and suggestions on what to see
and where to find it.  They went out of their way to get us to the dive
sites that we wanted to dive, specifically the wrecks which tend to get
very crowded.  So, we headed out a little earlier to dive the Spiegel
Grove, Eagle and the Duane.  They have several dive boats and unfortunately
for us their large boat was out for repair when we were there so we were a
little crowded on their 2 smaller boats (12 divers per boat that should
have helf 8-10), but since it was all our group we were OK with the
crowding.  The diving remains some of the best.  The wrecks are amazing
with tremendous fish life including schools of jacks and snapper and a
Goliath Grouper on the Eagle. 

The Ramada Inn is right next to the dock and within walking distance of a
few good restaurants.  The food in the area is fairly good and not too
overpriced.  The hotel has a great pool and hot tub that make the surface
intervals relaxing. 
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