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

Subtropic Dive Center, Jul, 2007,

by Jack Kelly, MI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 3661.

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

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 84 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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