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Dive Review of Pura Vida Divers/Holiday Inn Express in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

Pura Vida Divers/Holiday Inn Express: "Blue Heron Bridge/Pura Vida Divers", Nov, 2015,

by Elizabeth Russell, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8579.

No photos available at this time

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 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We rented gear from Pura Vida Divers on Singer Island and it was a breeze. We dove the Blue Heron Bridge four times while we were there and it was very interesting. Pura Vida has 80CF and 63CF tanks for rent, which was great because I'm short and the smaller tank was much easier for the shore dives. They also rent weights and surface markers at reasonable prices. We went with them in March and hired Andrea as a guide since we weren't familiar with the site. She was a great guide and pointed out many creatures we would have missed. Pura Vida had a permit for the night dive and we signed up for that and was very glad we did. I've been muck diving in Indonesia and New Guinea but never saw a stargazer and finally found one on the night dive. We also saw horseshoe crabs mating. There are many amazing things that live under the bridge. I would recommend a guide for the first time diver at this site because of the conditions and regulations. You can only dive the site at high tide and must not submerge inside the swimming zone. If we hadn't had a guide the first time, we wouldn't have known this. I was impressed with the helpfulness, knowledge, and enthusiasm of the employees at Pura Vida and would recommend them highly.
Websites Pura Vida Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Indonesia, Fiji, Thailand, Egypt, Galapagos, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Chuuk, Central America
Closest Airport West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale Getting There American through Charlotte

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20- Ft/ 6- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No diving in the swimming zone.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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