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

Rainbow Reef, Apr, 2008,

by Manny Perry, Fl, USA ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4068.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Marshall Islands, Truk Lagoon, Pohnpei, Hawaii, Caymans, Jamaica, Bahamas, Honduras, N Carolina.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents, no currents
Water Temp 77 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions PADI depth limit for 12 year old diver was observed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse tank for UW cameras avail. The digital revolution has been wonderfull for UW photography.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I can't say enough good things about these guys. My 12 year old son was certified with Rainbow Reef and it was a wonderfull experience for him. At first, before we left home there were some misunderstandings with PADI policies regarding a 12 year old getting certified, but they worked things before I even found out about it. By the time I got off the phone with them everything was set up fine. Currents were heavy on his first open water dive, so much that we had to be picked up by a different boat, this caused some concern as to weather my son would want to dive again, since we had quite a workout at the surface. He took it all in stride and instructor Marcy was very good to insure him that everything was safe and that this is not typically what happens. The rest of his check outs went fine and he enjoyed diving. We mad a family trip out of it and it was a great time for all of us.

They have two really nice boats. Real wide and roomy. I've seen boats significantly smaller take up to 30 divers, this is not the familiar cattle car set up when we were there. There were about a dozen divers and lots of room. Capt Bill does his saftey briefing with a good sense of humor. Great guy, like everyone there.

I sensed a great sense of comradarie among the staff, all wonderfull characters that made the experince even more enjoyable.

Plan on returning with my family again this summer to Key Largo and will be diving with them again. I highly recommend Rainbow Reef.
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