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Dive Review of Ocean Quest/Sandy's Sunday in
The Continental USA/Palm Beach, FL

Ocean Quest/Sandy's Sunday, Aug, 2009,

by Dawn Steedman, FL, United States (Top Contributor Top Contributor 35 reports). Report 5026.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fla. Keys, Bonaire, Barbados, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Hawaii, Belize, Caymans, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas currents
Water Temp 75 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no deco, back with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The capt. of Sandy's Sunday- Sandy, ia a former employee of Abernathy's Scuba Adventures. Vicky on shore, Sandy, the capt., and Matt, our dive master, were all super friendly. Matt is only 18, but a real joy to be around. His enthusiasm is over the top. We did 2 drift dives with them, and they are a bit short- handed and disorganized. The operation changed the times of our dives the day before we were to go, and then they were over a half hr. late arriving, making it later in the day for those driving back the same day. We were told that weights were included, but I was glad we took ours along.There were 2 buckets with a jumble of weights and belts,not the right weights for most of the divers, so it was a challenge to make them work. The 30' boat is cramped. and it has strong deisel fumes when under way. There are only 2 people, as crew- one being the capt., and the other the guide, so no one was there to help anyone getting back on the boat. These are drift dives- but there is no spotter on the boat.One of the divers surfaced- luckily not in trouble, but he wasn't seen as the capt. was cutting up fruit; this could be a safety issue. By the way, they put out a great spread, in between, and after divies (fruits, cookies, crackers). The visibility wasn't very good on the day we went-30' on one, and 20' at best on the 2nd.There was a pretty good current- and a thermocline at 60'- going from a balmy 84 down to 74 degrees. None the less, we saw tons of fish.There was a Hammerhead spotted at the Trench, 3 sea turtles, large angels of all types, and species too numerous to list. When we docked, the capt. had trouble getting into the slip- one of the divers helped her out after several tries. Without the fumes, with another hand, and more organization, this could be a very nice operation.
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