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Dive Review of island dive and watersports in
The Continental USA/San Juan Islands, WA

island dive and watersports, Oct, 2005,

by jerry, or, usa . Report 2136.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]Bonaire, Belize, Honduras, Cozumel, Truk lagoon, california channel islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 53 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30 to 59 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [noneUnspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [table available for camera but no rinse tank.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We live in Southern Oregon and there's not alot of ocean diving available unless you are extremly desperate. I picked up a copy of Northwest Dive News from local dive shop and was encouaged with the possibilities of quality diving in the San Juan islands. Thus contacted Mike and Dawn at Island Dive out of Friday Harbor on San Juan island. They were very helpful and even arranged for a buddy since I was diving alone ($75 per day). The diving was great. Because I was the only paying diver for the two days, we took the smaller boat. The first day we found 3 giant pacific octopuses and too many to count lingcod etc. The diving was perfect but cold. With water temp at 53 F my dry suit was required and then I still got cold after an hour. Dawn then let me try out argon for the dry suit and boy did it help. They include 119cf steel tanks and weights with the charter fee. Everything was firstclass. Divers are lucky that the really good diving season starts in the fall after the tourist season, thus motels are half price.
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