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Dive Review of Ultimate Getaway/Ultimate Adventure Dive Boat in
The Continental USA/Dry Tortugas

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by john nihoff, FL, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6555
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no decompression diving

500 psi getting back on boat  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  

Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
First time on the boat, and I wish I was going back nextweek.

Just came back on Sunday  from a 4 day trip with Rick andthe crew. Simply
put,  the trip is for individuals that just love to dive andhave some solid
experience. Not the 2 dives a year resort diver. It is for theperson that
wants to be on the ocean and dive , dive , dive and not have theirhand
held. Dont get me wrong Rick runs a tight ship, and what the boatlacks in
amenities (sorry no hot tub) it more that makes up for in the attitudeof
the crew and concern they have for your wellbeing. Example, Rich is on
thedive platform many times checking on your computer to see if you get
into adeco dive. If so then you are done diving for the day and possibly
the trip (Ilike that). Also you better log in and out or you may be out of
a dive  or two.Remember its a big ocean and the safety sausage may look
big on the boatwith seas and with a little distance is can get small fast.

The big positives: the dives are outlined  by Rickand if you follow his
directions you will have a great dive. Go your own wayand you will see
allot of sand. When its dive time get in and get to thebottom and you will
be on the best part of the reef.

Tanks are refilled quickly, you have the same tank (steel LP92s) and spot
for all dives and you keep your setup in the same place.Each side has the
same crew member for the trip and you get to know them andthey you and your

After every dive there is something different to snack on.Marcy is great at
feeding the  hungry divers good food, hot and filling withtaste and flavor.
The lasagna was my favorite of the trip. When itsfeeding time eat because
with 5 dives a day you get hungry and a 2nd trip helpswith the energy
level. She never ran out and that was impressive with theappetites of some
on the trip.

Other comments: The bunks are hard , if you dontbring a pad under your
sleeping bag.  A night light in each bunk would have been nice, somehave
one, mine didnt. A place to put your soap and shampoo in the showerwould
have also been a plus, however the water was always hot and did not

Summary: Three of us went on the trip and had anwonderful time diving and
meeting the crew and other divers. The communitydining area  and the back
deck it makes it conducive to meeting others. If you want privacy just pull
down your curtain on your bunk and stay below. Not only was it a safe dive
boat it has a crew and captain that love what they are doing. You can tell
from their attitude when you first board that they like what they do and
get joy from you enjoying all the ocean has to offer.  A happy diver.
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