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Dive Review of Anthony's Key in

Anthony's Key, Mar, 2005,

by Pat Cisar, Alberta, Canada . Report 1641.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The first important point was even though Continental Airlines stated the 50 minute changeover in Houston was a resonable time my dive bags did not make the change,going or returning. They arrived a day late. Anthony's Key Resort when they heard this made sure someone obtained the bags and brought to me the next day. Even the employee who transported the bags went out of his was to make sure I knew my bags had arrived. As well the Resort let me use dive eequipment at no cost to ensure I did not miss dives. (only idfference really was the dive shop stuff was new). Impressive. You are assigned to a boat for all week, though some changes can be made. So if you are in a group it is nice. You may find you aare with divers of differing skills so let the operators know your true level of skill and if being with less advanced people bothers you. The diving is 3 to 4 dives a day. Next best thing to a liveaboard. The winds were up the week I was there so we did not get around the island though most other groups that week did. There are a couple of night dives per week and a couple of neat wreak dives. The deepest we got was 109 ft. Most days wwe did an 80ft followed by a 60 foot dive wtih the 40 to 50 foot dive as the third dive. There were not many big plegagics, though the groupers were large. Lots of great coral and tropical fish. Most people got to see a seahorse. Barbaretta Island had great corals in a pristine enviroment.
The shore dive requires you to carry your equipment acroos to the island where there are tanks. Check the psi as some tanks are low. The boat tanks were always good. The poles used to mark the way through the reef were gone so you needed to follow a rope. It gets a bite shollow at low tide but the "front Porch" shore dive is not too bad at all. The night Channel dive is the worst visability but good shrimp and pipefish ere seen.
The insects are a major problem. Be prepared. Food was good quality even if there were only two choices most meals. Breakfast is avialuable early for the early morning trips.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Turks and Caicos, Hawaii, Costa Rica (Cocos Island)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions While you could dive your own profile many dives were drift dives and required the group to come up more or less at the same time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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