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

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Manny Perry, Fl, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4068
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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

currents, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
PADI depth limit for 12 year old diver was observed.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Separate rinse tank for UW cameras avail. The digital revolution has been
wonderfull for UW photography. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
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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