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

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Green, CA, USA
Report Number 3032
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Philippines, Cabo, Cozumel, Grand Caymans, Monterey, San Diego, Ft
Lauderdale, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 35    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hr time limit on second dive with minimal surface interval  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
2 Dive sites 1 good for Advanced and Wreck (Spiegel Grove), 1 for beginners
(Shallow Wreck).  The dive plan for Spiegel was 100'+.  Our dive group of 3
had to search for tanks with greater than 2800PSI.  One of us could not get
one, so our time was limited by the fills. Had a minor equipment problem at
~80Ft due to Dive Ops changing of my equipment (trying to find better fill)
but was fixed. The Good - Spiegel is an awesome wreck to dive and Joey from
the crew tried hard to accommodate everyone and was helpful.  The Bad -
Strong Current to get to and dive the Spiegel (was expected), no bathroom
facilities at the marina for before and after diving (was sent to the shell
station or hotel bathrooms which were locked and the operations key did not
work), No restroom facilities on the boat were available for divers use and
no time on tag lines to do anything except pull yourself in. Largest
complaint was the surface interval and attitude of the operations for
second dive.  After diving 100+ feet and a 5 minute boat ride, we were
told, "no surface interval is needed for this dive, the boat will
leave in 1Hr, but you can go in when ever you want".  We plan to
return to dive the Spiegel again but I will not dive and would not
recommend Rainbow Reef Divers to others.
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