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Dive Review of Underwater Explorers/Marriott Courtyard Boynton Beach in
The Continental USA/Boynton Beach, FL

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Cameron Cole, GA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5467
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 35    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group was to surface when a diver reached 700 PSI.  Before the dive we were
given the option to surface with a buddy when one of us reached 700 PSI but
we dove the boat as a single group.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
It is a real treat to dive with Kevin (the owner and dive master) from
Underwater Explorers.  He is quite well known by the locals that dive with
frequency in Boynton Beach and his business is almost completely word of
mouth and repeat customers.  He has one boat that is very well laid out and
quite roomy so you never feel like you are bumping into other divers while
getting geared up.  To exit the boat you can roll off or step off and
getting on is easy with the very large ladder and helpful crew.  They are a
smaller team that customizes the dive experience to the skill level of the
divers and will help you as much or as little as you need.  Diving with
Kevin feels like you are diving with a trusted friend more so than a

Water conditions were poor for this time of year as was the chop and
temperature at about 4-5 degrees colder than average.  Kevin allowed us to
make the decision to go or not each day as the sea was choppier than usual
at around 2-4 feet.  If you want to go, he will take you so long as he
feels it is safe to do so.  

Upon arrival at the dock, Kevin and crew helped load our gear on board as
well as help with the setup.  When we arrived another dive charter
mentioned seeing a very rare in these waters great white that had been seen
recently by others on a few occasions.  Kevin mentioned it was probably the
colder than average water temps bringing him in. The diving is drift diving
and we stayed on two well known reefs at 60' on the first dive and 50' on
the second.  Right where we descended on the first dive we bumped into a
turtle laying on the bottom seemingly unaware of the large divers circling
it.  As we progressed to the ridge an abundance of scroll coral, sponges,
pagoda, etc were in abundance with the usual fish you expect to see in the
area.  Plenty of macro life including a variety of shrimp and some
anemones. We didn't catch glimpse of any particularly larger fish either
dive.  Morays were in abundance and Kevin pointed out the unusual as we
went along including one moray with a head easily as large as my own
stuffed under a ledge.  The second dive site was pretty but quite a bit of
hair algae which is uncommon in the area and a recent visitor in this
quantity.  After we surfaced on each dive, the boat swung around and picked
up the divers at their location so all-in-all about as relaxing as it can
get.  Between dives we saw plenty of dolphins breach and jump which was a
nice treat.

The second day we planned to do a wreck dive where the goliath grouper is
known to haunt.  Due to rougher seas we opted not to go and instead sat at
the local restaurant next door to Kevin's boat.  Kevin and a diver from his
morning dive joined us for several hours of good eating and story telling. 
They had a great hammerhead 10'-12' swim between them on the reef that we
dove the day earlier and I was certainly a bit envious of missing that
experience.  Kevin pointed to a friends nose and stated that is how close
he was to the shark.

Being a beginner diver, I can't really speak to the quality of the
experienced diving but Kevin has been diving these reefs a long time and
will likely show a quality experience regardless of the size of your log

For those that don't know Boynton Beach is about as good as it gets for
continental US diving as the gulf stream comes around and hits that little
section of Florida with some warmer than usual.  This creates a nice
section of reefs by comparison to the rest of the Florida coast and its
only competition is probably Key Largo.  
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