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Dive Review of Emerald Charters/Best Western Intracoastal Inn in
The Continental USA/Jupiter, Florida

Emerald Charters/Best Western Intracoastal Inn: "Great Shark Diving with Emerald Charters", May, 2017,

by Richard J Lunsford Jr, KY, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9586.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire (> 150 dives), Key Largo (20 dives), Jupiter, Fl (10 dives), Belize via live-aboard (26 dives), Caymans via live-aboard (25 dives), North Carolina (9 dives), California Channel Islands (24 dives), several on Caribbean cruise stops.
Closest Airport Palm Beach International; I used Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood Getting There Flew to Ft. Lauderdale, rented an SUV for family (luggage), drove to Jupiter.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 74 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Must wear full wetsuit (if bald or long hair also a hood) and gloves. Avoid substantial amounts of bright colors. Nitrox required. Must have an SMB (good practice ocean diving anyway, especially drift).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There's a mat for cameras, not a table. If you go out on a day with big swells, th ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
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Comments Spent a mixed activities week with family in Jupiter, FL 4-29-17 - 5-7-17, based out of Best Western Intracoastal Inn (good, clean budget hotel with nice included breakfast and adjacent boardwalk across the water to a marina, another branch behind the hotel). Drove about 1/2 mile to Scuba Works (where you book Emerald trips & get rental gear), then about 1 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Richard J Lunsford Jr in KY, US at May 19, 2017 20:53 EST  
Quick note: Haven't been able to fix this. I intended to rate 1 dot for beginners; don't go. You need good buoyancy control, the ability to watch the leader for direction and pay attention to some sharks, especially the tiger sharks, and a decent comfort level for being in the water with large sharks. To work your way up for this sort of trip, I recommend a trip to Morehead City, North Carolina, diving off-shore wrecks with Olympus Dive Center. The sand tiger sharks weren't quite as large, quite was close and weren't baited in.
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