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Dive Review of Multiple - See Narrative in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

Multiple - See Narrative, Aug, 2002,

by William & Frances Ungerman, CA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 150.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving More than fifty words can tell....
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 84 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Most operations we dove with suggested no deco diving and redreational limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No operator we dove with was specifically concerned with U/W photography. Had to request a rinse bucket on three of the five boats and none fit a twin strobe outfit.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments KEY WEST: Soutpoint divers. The shop is located on Duval Street in downtown KW. Nice facility, Caters to the tourist crowd, but that's what's in Key West. The boat is docked at the Hyatt and someone forgot to mention it's $15.00 to park there (no where else to park). We dove "Joe's Tug" at 65 feet in 50 foot viz absolute but the crew kept insisting it was 100 feet. Maybe there girlfriend's believe their measurements. The wreck berift of marine life. Second dive on Western Sambo - Haystacks. Nice little cruise around some spur and grove coral formations. Lots of damage, some fish. On return subjected to major preassure for gratuities and had to face a virtual gauntlet of staff personnel confronting you between your gear and the dock. Some divers ignored the presssure. I folded. This is not a bad operation per se, it's just a cattle boat. Typical Keys dive rate is around $50-$60 per two tank trip PLUS your tanks which are never included. $5.00-$10.00 per tank. Snorkelers - $25-$45.00.

BIG PINE KEY: Paradise Divers. Trecked back North and dove the Adolphus Busch, Sr. This dive operation was very good. "Linda," one of the owners, took my diving wife and daughter and our snorkeling daughter and one other diver to the wreck. Great dive. 70 foot viz, moderate current. Second dive at Looe Key (West End) and not to be missed for a great reef dive. Turtles, lobster, morays, lots of tropicals. 80-90 foot viz. No tip preassure except for a modest sign on the boat.

MARATHON: Dove with Middle Keys Dive Center, Richard Boileau proprietor and video master (And I mean MASTER). We dove the Thunderbolt wreck, again with just the four of us and one other diver.
This is another must-dive spot when in the Keys. Tarpon, jacks, the ubiquitous Barracuda. Lots of bait fish. Gropers and a huge Jew Fish (uh, "Goliath Grouper") on the wreck. Dolphins feeding on walls of Silversides. Stiff current that would tear your mask off if you turned sideways. Strong armed your way down the granny and down lines. Second dive at "Rocky Top." Nice reef, no current. Outstanding Keys viz and good marine life evident. Now, about Richard. After the dive, ask him to show yiou his videos! This guy is a genius. He has an incredible collection (more like the Smithsonian)OF u/w footage that will blow your fins off. You will never see stuf like his marine-life interractions anywhere on Discovery or any channel. He makes Spencer Slate look like a piker.
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