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Dive Review of Subtropic Dive Center in
The Continental USA/Key West - Florida Keys

July, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Kelly, MI, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 3661
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Various Caribbean Islands, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Aruba, Hawaii, All over
Florida and Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On Cayman Salvage Master wreck, 30 minute or so bottom time or follow
computer.  On Joe's Tug wreck (actually more of a reef!), 45 minutes or
follow computer.  
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
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
Subtropic runs several different dive trips out of its shop on Truman
Avenue in Key West, just about 1/2 mile or so from Duval Street.  I like
the morning 2-tank 2-wreck dive.  The first, deepest, wreck is the Cayman
Salvage Master which lies at 97 feet to the sand.  It's an old cable layer
and a pretty easy wreck to navigate.  Heavy currents, though not too
frequent, can make it less than perfect.  Viz is usually OK - sometimes
great and sometimes not so much.  Green morays are fairly commonThere is a
huge jewfish that loves to hang off the side of the ship and watch you as
you try to spot him.  

Next dive is Joe's tug which, though it's a wreck of sorts, is really a
reef dive with some wrecked boat debris!  The reef surrounding the wreck is
really not bad to explore.  Losters, green and spotted morays and the
occasional eagle ray.  Swim around the wreck and explore the reef but just
keep the wreck in sight.

Subtropic is a very friendly group of people.  Good captains, good DM's and
crew people.  Friendly and fun.  Two boats - one small for 6 to 8 divers
and one larger for up to 18, but I've never seen more than 10 or 12.  Its
location, right on the main drag into town, its friendly staff and its
two-tank two-wreck itenerary make it my operator of choice in Key West.
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