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Dive Review of Captain Morgan's Dive Tours in
The Continental USA/Marathon, FL

Captain Morgan's Dive Tours, Sep, 2005,

by Kirk Adams, NJ, USA . Report 2025.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is the third time my wife and I have been diving with Captain Morgan and it is always a pleasure. Captain Doug Morgan knows the area around Marathon extremely well and focuses on the diving experience. There is no shop associated with his operation; however he has all the rental equipment you need if any item was forgotten at home. While on the boat, plenty of support is given for donning gear, exiting/entering the boat (backroll/dive ladder), and tanks are switched over for you between dives. Ample cold bottled water is supplied to keep you hydrated even on hot days.
The boat leaves out of the Banana Bay Resort Marina. The operation usually runs two 2-tank trips per day in a 28' Mako. Night dives are also available. Trips are limited to 6 divers so there is plenty of room for people and gear. Trip itineraries are based on a first come, first serve basis- so if you have a particular dive site in mind, just ask.
On our latest trip the visibility was still reduced from Hurricane Rita- inner reefs (e.g., Sombrero Reef had visibility less than 5 ft), however Captain Morgan dropped us on some deeper reefs (60'+ depth- e.g., Edge of Darkness and Smokey Mtn./Anchor Reef) which proved to be reasonable (20-30 visibility). The most notable part of the reef dives was an enormous Porcupine fish that I would have had difficulties getting my arms around (and it was not inflated). We also enjoyed the normal array of corals, barrel sponges, angelfish, snapper, grouper, and other reef life.
The highlight of the trip, as usual, was the Thunderbolt- a 188' military vessel sunk in 120' of water. This wreck is great-we saw several large barracuda, schools of bar jack, yellow tail snapper, and permit. However, I was disappointed not to see the resident Goliath Grouper on this trip- it was probably hanging just beyond the visibility off the wreck. The wreck has taken on quite a bit of growth over the years. While the colors are a bit dulled at depth, photos show an array of reds, oranges, and yellows decorating the hull. Other than the sealife, there are plenty of areas to explore on the wreck itself- from the straight-forward tower swim throughs to more challenging lower hull penetrations.
All-in-all I would highly recommend this operation and the diving around Marathon. It makes for a great long weekend get away- or a few days on a longer Keys vacation.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 20-30 Ft/ 6-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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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