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Dive Review of Jupiter Dive Center/Jupiter Waterfront Inn in
The Continental USA/Jupiter, FL

Jupiter Dive Center/Jupiter Waterfront Inn: "Fine Goliath Aggregation Trip!", Oct, 2014,

by Richard J Lunsford Jr, KY, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 7863.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Dive Op. Profile: Jupiter Dive Center. Strongly reputable op. often mentioned on ScubaBoard, which is where I heard of it. Has a dive shop where you can rent HP Steel 120’s with Nitrox (EAN 36 was provided, a fine choice for the dives we did), 2-tank boat trips (looks like Saturdays & Sundays often offer morning and afternoon trips, although I never tried to do both and judging from the times we tended to get back, I doubt it’d be feasible to consistently do both trips every day, if you even wanted to do 4 dives with those profiles per day). They do some 3-tank trips; judging from their online scheduling map looks like that’s mainly Friday and Sunday. On a 7 day trip, diving 6 of them, with a 3-tank trip in there somewhere, you can probably get 13 dives in (maybe 14?). I did 10 dives in 5 days, spent one with family then flew home. They rent sizes besides 120’s.

Dive Day Work-flow (for morning dives): Shop opens at 8 a.m.; I got there around that time. Wife pulled around behind the shop & dropped me & gear off by the benches area at the head of the dock. I go in, fill out the liability release, check in at the counter, pay $40 & tax ($42.40) for 2 EAN 36 HP steel tanks, analyze right there, print name & mix on tape & stick on tanks, haul them out to near the boat. Odds are I can get permission & board, pick a spot, & get my BCD & reg. on a tank right away. I bought the ‘buy 5 trips, get 1 free’ deal the 1st day. I didn’t see a big ‘dry box’ (e.g. trunk or chest) up front for keeping things dry, so I bought a dry box for keeping my wallet & iPhone safe from water & blunt trauma. A shop staffer provided me a fin bag to help keep stuff together at no charge.

Depart around 9 a.m. I think we ran anywhere from 8 to 18 divers, tending towards about 13, but the boats (Republic IV and VII) are wide and comfortable, and dives didn’t feel like a mob scene. There are 3 crew; 1 Captain, 1 Deck Hand/1st Mate & 1 Guide (who pulls a float & flag via reel). T they have snacks (I saw bags of pretzels) and free cans of Pepsi & Diet Pepsi.

Staff professional, friendly & safety minded. Not valet diving; know how to assemble your own gear, and how much weight you need. Pretty easy diving but not what I recommend for people fresh out of OW class (Key Largo would be great for that).

I did 10 dives (2 afternoon, 8 morning). Seemed most dive briefings were '90 feet to the sand.' The Jupiter Wreck Trek (Zion, Ms. Jenny, Esso Bonaire) and the MG111 are the 2 wreck sites (& far & away best to see large numbers of goliath grouper close for photos) & the rest were reef. Reef dives were generally drift dives over sand moving along the outer edge of a long plateau of pretty flat rocky shelf, on which was coral growth, gorgonians, etc... Not as lush as the sloping walls of Bonaire, but saw some reef sharks & a couple of nurse sharks. Normally doesn't involve a thermocline, but upwellings can change that, & all 10 dives saw deep thermoclines (e.g.: could be around 60 or 70 feet deep, in the high 60's to mostly low 70's. Most people used wet suits. My max. depths were around 63 - 89 feet, average depths around 48 - 66 feet, dive times around 50 - 55+ minutes.

Some people spearfished or lobstered, but most did not.

The goliath grouper is seasonal, around August & September. I went 9-7-14 to 9-11-14. There's a lemon shark migration at a different time of year.
Websites Jupiter Dive Center   Jupiter Waterfront Inn

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire (8 1-week trips), Key Largo (1 trip, 20 dives), Cruise ship stops in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Lucia, Cozumel, Costa Maya & Grand Cayman. Local quarry.
Closest Airport Palm Beach Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 68-84°F / 20-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-50 Ft/ 15-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Usual plan was a 45 minute dive for nitrox divers, descending as a group. I didn't hear anyone ask to dive apart, and it tended to be drift diving with some waves topside.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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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By report author: Richard J Lunsford Jr in KY, US at Nov 11, 2014 17:47 EST  
One more tip. When I booked a room with Jupiter Waterfront Inn, I mentioned I was diving with Jupiter Dive Center and got a substantial discount.
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