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

Ultimate Getaway/Ultimate Adventure Dive Boat, May, 2012,

by john nihoff, FL, US ( 2 reports). Report 6555.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
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
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 habits.

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 runout.

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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