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Dive Review of Multiple operators/Private home in
The Continental USA/Jupiter, West Palm, Boynton

Multiple operators/Private home: "So good to be back", Mar, 2021,

by Craig A Wood, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 46 reports with 47 Helpful votes). Report 11514 has 3 Helpful votes.

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Comments After a 178 day surface interval, I finally got back in the water in SE Florida.

The Philadelphia airport was considerably busier than it was last Sept, but still well below normal activity. Of course, it is Spring Break, but mid-week. Many of the vendors are still closed. The AA Admiral's Club in B/C is open and they even have a limited self-service for food and drink items. Everyone in the airport and on the plane complied with masking. The airport in West Palm was only moderately busy. The Emerald Isle at National Car is back open, but, with a poor selection. It worked out fine. I made my one run to the grocery store at Winn Dixie, it was uncrowded and everyone was masked. One of the reasons I chose to come down now is that my wife and I are fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine. My 2nd dose was Feb 16. I am strictly following masking and distancing. The only place I go is out on the boats.

Day 1

I did 4 tanks today with Jupiter Dive Center. JDC is still going out with a limited load and encourages masking whenever possible. It was a pretty rough day out, solid 2-4, occasional 5, occasional bigger. As you can imagine, several people fell down, several people got seasick. The air temperature was warm, low to mid 80s, moderate wind. The water was significantly warmer than I was told it had been lately, I was told 72-74, it was 77-78. My 7mm was a bit much, I will switch to my 5mm. The visibility was not the best, 30-40 feet most of the time. The current was quite brisk all day. We did Wreck Trek and Bluffs in the morning and Spadefish Point and Scarface in the afternoon. The current was a bit much for Wreck Trek, too much holding on, it was fine for the reefs. Easily, the highlight of the day was a big Tiger Shark at Spadefish Point. As we drifted north, it casually swam south, turned broadside to us briefly before disappearing. This is only the second Tiger Shark ... 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
Closest Airport Palm Beach International Getting There I flew AA direct from Philadelphia to West Palm, rental car

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 73-78°F / 23-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Each operator had some rules, dive time, etc.
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
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments All four boats have some provisions for cameras. The crews on all the boats handled cameras carefully ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Ellen Marie Smith in MN, US at Jun 22, 2021 17:17 EST  
I haven't done any Florida diving and I find your reviews to be very helpful! Thank you.
By report author: Craig A Wood in PA, US at Jun 22, 2021 17:28 EST  
Thank you, SE FL is an undiscovered gem
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