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Dive Review of Jupiter Dive Center and Starfish Scuba/Private home in
The Continental USA/Jupiter and Boynton Beach, FL

Jupiter Dive Center and Starfish Scuba/Private home: "September in SE FL, Goliath Grouper", Sep, 2021,

by Craig A Wood, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 50 reports with 48 Helpful votes). Report 11665 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I haven't been in SE FL since the end of June, when I had water temperatures as low as 60 degrees, brrrrrrr.

I came back down to Boynton Beach on Tuesday afternoon. Everyone in both airports and on the plane are still wearing masks. Everyone at National Car is still wearing masks. Essentially nobody is still wearing masks in Winn Dixie, but I did.

Day 1 of diving, Wednesday Sept 15

I did 2 afternoon dives out of Jupiter with JDC on Republic IV. It was a nice day with seas around 2 feet. The first dive was on Capt. Kirle's, water temp 85-6, visibility about 40 feet, moderate north current. This was a pretty bland dive, 1 Hawksbill, the usual reef fish. The second dive was on Tunnels, same water temp, vis, and current. This was a considerably more active dive, several Goliath Grouper, quite a few Reef Sharks, a couple Nurse Sharks, 3 Hawksbills and all the usual reef denizens. A good 1st day.

Day 2 of diving, Thursday Sept 16

I did 2 dives with Starfish out of Boynton Beach. It started warm and sunny, clouded up and sprinkled a bit at the SI, sunny again on the way in. Seas were around 2 feet. We had dolphins in our wake on the way out, including a cute baby, only about a third the size of an adult. The first dive was on the Castor. The current was quite brisk. Visibility was around 40 feet, down a bit more at the end of the dive. Water was 84-5 degrees. There were maybe 10 Goliath Grouper on the stern, none on the bow. Too much current to swim off the wr ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Bonaire, Curacao, Turks & Caicos, Roatan, Cozumel, Key Largo, SE Florida (Boynton Beach, Jupiter, West Palm...), Maui, Oahu, Cape Ann, San Diego, Costa Rica, Panama, Cocos Island, Red Sea, Galapagos, Revillagigedos, Malpelo
Closest Airport Palm Beach International Getting There Direct flight on American Airlines Philadelphia to Palm Beach, rental car

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 83-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Operator run times
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
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UW Photo Comments Boats had reasonable size rinse tubs. Crew was very careful with cameras ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Greg Bruce in WA, US at Sep 28, 2021 12:14 EST  
Great report, as usual Craig!
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