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Dive Review of Jupiter Dive Center/Private home in
The Continental USA

Jupiter Dive Center/Private home: "Lemon Sharks!", Feb, 2015,

by Craig A Wood, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 42 reports with 44 Helpful votes). Report 8163.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I have dived with Jupiter Dive Center on several previous occasions and now have about 60 dives with them. I have never been lucky enough to dive with them during Lemon Shark aggregation but hit the jackpot on this trip.
JDC is a very efficient and well run operation. They open at 8 AM, boats leave at 9 AM for 2 tank dives and for 3 tank dives on Friday and Sunday. Though I did not do a 3 tanker this trip, I highly recommend them as there are less, and generally, more experienced, divers. They rent AL80 as well as steel 100 and 120 cylinders. Due to the deeper depths, I would advise being nitrox certified. Bottoms times with nitrox are limited to 45 minutes, I believe air bottom times are limited to 25 minutes.
I did 3 two tank dives the first week of February. The first dive of each day was on Area 29. Each day we had Lemon Sharks with us for the entire dive. It was difficult to estimate the number of sharks as they often circled and came around for numerous passes. By the end of the dive you would come to recognize some of the sharks by markings, scars, or a hook in the mouth. In addition to the Lemon Sharks, we were joined by Nurse Sharks, Goliath Grouper, and turtles. The dives on Area 29 were on the deeper side, about 90 feet. Water temperature was around 73 and visibility 50-60 feet. These were 3 of my most memorable dives. The opportunity to dive with the Lemon Sharks in their natural state, without feeding, was absolutely priceless.
Second dives were at Tunnels, Capt Kurle's, and Tunnels again. These dives were marked by turtles, Goliath Grouper, Reef Sharks, Southern Rays, Morays, and the usual reef fish suspects. All very good dives. Depths were around 75 feet with slightly warmer water and about the same vis.
I will continue to dive with JDC on my visits to SE Florida, a very well run and reliable operation.
Websites Jupiter Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Key Largo, Boynton Beach, Bonaire, Curacao, Maui, Oahu, Cozumel, Costa Rica, San Diego, Turks and Caicos, Panama
Closest Airport Palm Beach International Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 73-74°F / 23-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 45 minutes bottom time using nitrox
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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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