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

Multiple operators/Private home: "Last visit to SE Florida for 2021", Dec, 2021,

by Craig A Wood, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 52 reports with 48 Helpful votes). Report 11835 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments So, it's been since September that I was down in Florida.

The airport in Philadelphia was not terribly busy, of course it was mid-week in the morning. Most everyone is wearing masks in the airport and on the plane. Some have trouble figuring out how to cover their nose. National Car rental was all masked. On my one trip to the grocery store, about half of the patrons at Winn Dixie were wearing masks, I was. No masks at or on the boats.

Day 1 Diving, Dec 9

I did four dives with Jupiter Dive Center off Republic IV with Capt. Tim. Troy and Brandon switched off at guide and mate. The seas were quite flat, water temp 79 degrees, mild to moderate north current, visibility of 60-80 feet. We dived North Juno Ledge, Capt. Kirle's, Loggerhead, and Tunnels. There were several Reef Sharks, a good size Lemon Shark, several Goliath Grouper, many Southern Rays at Tunnels, a few Hawksbill at least one Loggerhead, several Green Morays, and all the usual reef fish. At Tunnels, I saw a Batfish

Day 2 Diving, Dec 10

I did a 3 tanker out of Boynton Beach with Starfish with Capt. Chris and mate Moty. Seas were again quite flat, water temp 79 degrees, mild north current, and visibility 50-60 feet. We did Delray Ledges, a drift from Culverts to the Bud Bar, to the Tony, and outside of Black Condo (Tumbled Rocks) to the inside. Delray Ledges was covered in huge school of grunt and the usual reef fish. The second dive had a large Bull Shark, we also had a couple of good sized Lemons stay with us for quite a while on the Bud Bar. The 3rd dive had a gorgeous free-swimming Green Moray, a Hawksbill, and a nice Lemon Shark.

Dive 3 of Diving, Dec 11

I did 2 tanks with Loggerhead out of Boynton Beach this morning with Capt. Jim and mate Dave. The seas were 2-3 feet, water was 79 degrees. Visibility was about 60 feet, the current was interesting. First dive was outside of Clubhouse, second dive was at Briny Breezes. The first dive started with a trickle of north current that changed to a trickle south. I cut across the reef in essentially no current. On the inside the current was mild south, increasing as I went. I ended up diving a big U from outside to inside. The dive at Briny Breezes was a mild south current. I saw a Hawksbill Turtle, nice Lemon Shark, few Green Morays, all the usual reef fish. Another group on the boat saw a Great Hammerhead, I was not so lucky.

Dive 4 of Diving, Dec 12

The day was supposed to be 2-3 feet, it was actually the calmest day so far. The morning was nearly glassy flat, built to a little bit of wind and chop by the end of the day. There was very little current, mostly a trickle north. Started mild south on the outside on the 3rd dive, switched to mild north on the inside reef. Visibility was mostly around 60 feet, water temperature was 78-79.

I did four dives with Loggerhead out of Boynton with Capt. Jim. Dave was mate in the AM and Tony the mate in the PM. The first dive was one we don't often make, Horseshoe, north of Boynton. This is a fairly normal reef dive until you get to a very large, tall hook in the reef, the horseshoe. As usual, the bowl was filled with huge schools of grunt, really magnificent. We saw 2 nice Bull Sharks on this dive. The second dive was on the north part of Boynton Reef, at Lynn's, a second, shallower relief above the main ledge. We saw another Bull Shark, a beautiful Hawksbill, an octopus in its den, and all the usual reef fish. The last two dives were outside of Gulfstream with a crossover to the inside reef and at Briny Breezes/Jerry's No Name. I saw a couple of good sized Lemon Sharks, another Hawksbill, and all the usual suspects. A great day of diving

Dive 5 of Diving, Dec 13

The day was another day predicted to be 2-3 feet and building. It turned out to be a very nice day. I did two dives with Walker's Dive Charters out of Riviera Beach City Marina, West Palm. I went out with Capt. Forrest, and guides/mates Joann and Ally. Seas were about 2 feet, water was 78-79 degrees, visibility was 60+ feet, mild north current.

Our first dive was at Bath &Tennis the second at Fishbowl/Flower Gardens. Nothing special on the dives, no sharks, turtles, Goliath Grouper. However, there were huge schools of Grunt, Spotted and Green Morays, and all the usual reef fish. It was a very relaxing day of diving

So, that will do it for 2021, 6 visits, and 94 dives. This visit was 15 dives with 4 operators, out of 3 marinas, it pays to be flexible. I hope to see you all next year for some great diving

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 AA Philadelphia to West Palm, rental car

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments All boats have some rinse container for cameras. Crews were very careful.
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