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Dive Review of Southpoint Divers in
The Continental USA/Key West, FL

September, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff and Nicole Robertson, GA, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 6230
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Utila, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Zihuatenejo
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
20-Min Bottom Time, Turn around at 1500PSI, on line with 1,000 PSI for
ascent.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
N/A  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Camera rinse on boat - separate mask rinse station.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
Spent long weekend in Key West and decided to dive the Vandenburg. 
Southpoint Divers were very easy to book, nice boat with plenty of room. 
Since we were advanced SSI - we had option wether to have guide or not.  We
elected to hire guide since we had never dove this wreck.  They were very
strict on profile since this wreck has put many a diver in the chamber in
it's brief history.  There was a drag line, traverse and descent line s you
didn't have to expend hardly any energy descending on the wreck.  We
descended right beside the cool radar dish on the big V and swam all over
and through midships up to the bow.  The guide - Billy - was extremely
attentive and even stopped to take our picture at the dish.  We turned
around at the bow, made our way leisurely back to the ascent line.  Our
total max depth was 92' and we got to spend about 22-min on the wreck
during the dive.  The second dive was a shallow 25' dive on a reef known as
"the 9 Stakes".  Saw lobster, large Nurse Shark, one huge
Barracuda, but not much else.  Easy dive for 1-hour, no guide, natural
navigation throughout reef.  Southpoint is a great dive operator - thorough
dive briefs, let you dive your own profile within limits, large comfortable
boat, De-Fib/O2 on board.
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