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

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Patrick Wikstrom, NC, USA
Contributor   (14 reports)
Report Number 4794
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas; Belize; Bikini Atoll; Bonaire; California; Cancun; Cayman Brac;
Little Cayman; Cocos Isl; Costa Rica; Cozumel; Dominica; Dominican
Republic; Florida- (springs, west coast, keys); Galapagos; Indonesia;
Massachusetts; NC;  Palau; Puerto Rico; Roatan; Saba; Socorro; South
Africa; St. Kitts; Thailand; Truk; Turks & Caicos; TVA lakes; Yap;
Yucatan Caves;
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come up with 500psi, no deco diving, no deep dives without advanced card
and recent experience   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Subtropic Dive Center & Harborside Motel & Marina  4/21/09

Dive shop was very accommodating letting us clean up in their in-store
shower after last dive before heading north. Friendly staff. Convenient
location with dive shop located dockside, boats right there. 32% nitrox
pumped to 3100psi. Dove with Capt. James on the 30ft Pelican.  Sociable,
professional guy who gave good briefings. Boat was in good shape with DAN
O2 kit, partial cover and adequate space for their advertised max number of
divers (10), our trip went with seven. 187ft long Cayman Salvager  water
temp 77, vis about 60ft, slight currents on mooring line above 40ft,
decent dive worth doing. Joes Tug and reef -just OK -vis 30ft.  You need
an Advanced card and recent deep dives to do the Cayman Salvager.

Harborside Motel & Marina:
Conveniently located right around the corner from the dive shop and an easy
walk to Duval St. and the Mallory Square sunset scene, the Harborside Motel
& Marina was just a little bit shabby. The rooms were slightly moldy
and grubby and the place in general needed a fresh coat of paint. The $1 a
bag ice machine was locked up with the front desk about 9:00 and the
promised wake up call never came. All utilities functioned acceptably
though. At $121per nt. including taxes the price was about avg. for this
type of accommodation. 
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