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Dive Review of Anthony's Key in

Anthony's Key, Jul, 2009,

by Ron & Dawn Steedman, Fla, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 39 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 4900.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments This was the 4th 0f 4 dive destinations with the Carnival Legend cruise ship.We were picked up by bus from the dock, and went for a 20 minute scenic ride by bus to Anthony's Key Resort. What we saw of the resort was very nice, and you definitely needed insect repellent. We were a group of about 18, and there was plenty of room on the dive boat. This dive operation was the most laid back of any of the operators. They told us they had great deals going on at the resort due to the slow economic times (2 for 1 prices); we have aquaintances who have stayed here and they liked it very much. The dive masters set up our gear for us, and we made our long 3 minute journey to the dive site. Upon entering the water, we saw a huge snapper in the water column, and thought- this looks good. The divemaster told us they feed them so they stay. The first dive site was Green Outhouse Wall- nice wall and interesting topography, but once we went over the top, the water became murky. The vis. changed noticably in different areas. We did see a nice hawksbill turtle coming up from the depths, but the rest of the dive was pretty sparse of fish life. We returned to the dock for our SI- where we were free to look around, or go to their gift shop. The crew served watermelon, brought on new tanks, and switched over our gear for us.The second dive was Wayne's Place- a few minutes away. Upon entering the water, we saw 5 huge black groupers, a yellow fin, and several
large snappers. These just milled around the mooring- and gave us a chance to get a good look at them- usually groupers are quickly swimming by, unless in a cleaning station, or under a ledge. Apart from these fed residents, the life was sparse, and we noted lots of algae on the corals and floor. The divemaster pointed out a tiny peacock flounder,and juv. spotted drum under the ledge; it was hard to point out much to the others, as many had poor buoyancy control,swam all over with their arms, and quickly ran out of air. On both dives, the dive master let us stay down while he got the others back on the boat.The depths were about 70 feet max, time about 40 minutes. A roll call was taken on each dive. Anthony's Key Resort looks like a top notch operation for families with diverse interests.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palm Bch., Fla Keys, Bonaire, Barbados, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Hawaii, Belize, Caymans
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas no currents
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Time restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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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