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Dive Review of Subtropic Dive Shop in
The Continental USA/Key West, FL

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by John A. Fletcher, AL, USA
Report Number 2542
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Overseas:Maui,Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Jamaica
US:Gulf Shores, AL to Destin, FL, Key Largo,FL and Key West, FL
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None; Standard 500psi when exiting water and normal "S.O.P"s for
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Subtropic Dive Shop ran a top notch operation that had all the right stuff
for UWP: seperate freshwater bucket,etc. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Q:"Please tell us the good, the bad, and what you wish you had known
before you left home..."
A:The "good news" is a referral from Amoray Dive Resort in Key
Largo was well deserved, the "bad news" was that an act of
vadalism at the Dive Shop caused them a days business. But they handled it
like pros that have been down that road before. I wish I had known that the
storm that eventually turned into Tropical Storm Alberto(?)would
practically almost ruin my UWP opportunites completely... But that is out
of everyones control except our Heavenly Father...
Now onto the diving itself: Both days were "Captains Calls" and
they were wonderful (given the underwater particule "snow
storm"). My fist day of diving was 06/08/06 on Sand Key and Rock Key.
They werecovered up with usual list of Tropicals and the corals, seafans,
and sponges were plentiful and healthy. On 06/09/06, we dove on the Cayman
Salvor and Joe's Tug. Both were impressive wrecks with lots of yearling and
adolescent fish and the usual critters. On Joe's Tug, I had the distict
pleasure of being the first down the mouring bouy. Even though I had to
pause long enough to jockey around with my camers and dive knife to cut
away several multi-hook fishing lines.. that stuff is still illegal in a
SPA,right??? ;o) I was rewarded by coming upon an adolescent Loggerhead
Turtle hanging out on the bow. Then after cruising the deck to the stern
and back, I went over the port-side to the sand to see what was in the
area... Lo and behold, I came across a very large adult Jewfish (grouper)
that was about the size of a small refrigerator!!! Spectacular to say thee
least!! Lots of pixs, of course, but only the ones that weree sheltered
from our underwater "snow storm" turned out reasonably well...
This is another one of those "its not a matter of IF I'm going back
out with this Crew, but WHEN!! If you're in the area, get wet and blowing
some bubbles with this outfit will be well worth your time and $$$!!! By
the way, did I mention the female Manatees and calves that hang out and
regularly visit the dock area??? A nice little extra that they've got going
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