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Dive Review of Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures/Hyatt West Palm in
The Continental USA/West Palm Beach

Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures/Hyatt West Palm, Jul, 2013,

by Joseph Gallagher, MD, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7271.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I spent a week of diving in West Palm Beach. The first four days were spent on reefs south of the West Palm inlet (there was a purging of local canals into the inlet and the currents carried those muddied waters north and dive boats during this week were operating in the clearer reefs south of the inlet).

Along the reefs were abundant turtles, nurse sharks, Giant Groupers, Rays, and lobster. The currents were manageable, except around the wrecks just west of the inlet. At these wrecks you had to tie off or find shelter from the currents in order to take pictures.

The highlight of the week was a day trip shark dive on Friday to take pictures of sharks in open water several miles from shore. This was a dive for experienced divers and Jim Abernathy's handling of the event ensured great opportunities to take photos of groups of sharks.
Websites Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Great barrier reef, andaman sea, Grand caymans, Bahamas, Hawaii, Red Sea, Gloucester,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits were enforced in open ocean drift dive, all other dives were drift dives on reefs and time was set for surfacing and collection by the dive boat.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat Crew sensitive to handling of cameras and wiling to assist. Shark Dive was set up for photographers. Once the crew assessed dive capability they were willing to let photographers swim the reef at their pace to take pictures.
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